Neosporin is one of the most widely used OTC topical antibacterial medicines in the U.S. But most of us don’t know that when used repetitively, we could develop contact dermatitis. This is similar to poison ivy reaction.
According to a study (published – Emerging Infectious Diseases), Neosporin and several other antibacterial ointments could be related to the spreading of a particularly deadly strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) known as USA300.
Neosporin has 3 active ingredients:
All of these are synthetic antibiotics.
The other ingredients in it are cocoa butter, olive oil, cottonseed oil (possibly GMO), white petrolatum (crude oil), sodium pyruvate, and vitamin E.
All-Natural Homemade First Aid Ointment
You can prepare your own natural first aid ointment at home using essential oil (like tree tea oil and lavender), calendula, olive oil, and coconut oil. Calendula helps in reducing inflammation and healing your skin.
Lavender essential oil features a chemically intricate structure, as it contains staggering 150-plus active components. This is why it is so beneficial in treating so many things – from something like rheumatism to insect bites. Recent studies have shown how lavender essential oil can fight various strains of bacteria and different fungus. Similarly, tea tree oil also has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties.
The ingredients for this first aid ointment are as following:
– Coconut oil – Half cup
– Tea tree essential oil / Melaleuca – 8 drops
– Extra virgin olive oil – Half cup
– Dried calendula – Quarter cup
– Beeswax – 2 ounces
– Honey – 2 tbsp (optional)
– Lavender essential oil – 10 drops
How to Prepare?
– Take a medium sized sauce pain and mix the coconut oil, olive oil, and comfrey in it.
– Put it on low heat and allow it to cook for 25 minutes, with frequent stir.
– Remove it from heat and strain off the herbal mix using a cheese cloth for removing all the herbs.
– Wash the sauce pan and pour the strained mix back into the pan.
– Again cook over low heat and add the honey while stirring.
– Put the beeswax into the mix and stir it to allow melting.
– When the oils and beeswax have melted, stop heating and remove.
– When the mix has cooled a little, add the essential oils in.
Pour out the mix into jars while it is liquid (otherwise it will become hard). Store the ointment in closed jars and use it. It can last for a year.
Source: Living Traditionally