Learn how to make homemade healing salve and you won't need to buy antibiotic ointment again for chapped lips, dry skin, cuts, scrapes, bruises, or burns.

How to Make Homemade Healing Salve Recipe

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Learn how to make homemade healing salve and you won’t need to buy antibiotic ointment again for chapped lips, dry skin, cuts, scrapes, bruises, or burns. It’s great to make homemade body products so you know just what goes into what you put on your body!

Learn how to make homemade healing salve and you won't need to buy antibiotic ointment again for chapped lips, dry skin, cuts, scrapes, bruises, or burns.

I don’t know what I would do without my little tin of homemade healing salve. It does a great job of helping me heal up all of my mishaps and garden accidents. It’s so simple to make and takes just a few minutes. 

As you might imagine, here at daycare we get quite a few cuts, scrapes, and scratches that need some boo boo cream. A little dab of this homemade healing salve and a good cartoon band-aid and we are good as new.

Mr. Kent doesn’t really appreciate our selection of band-aids. He would give anything to have a plain ole brown one. Plain is boring though, just get you an Elmo or PJ mask band-aid, they work just the same.

a cutting board with essential oils for making homemade healing salve with small mason jars behind it.

I’m always amazed at how much better this salve works than Neosporin from the store. I had a fundraiser for a local animal shelter and I sold this salve as one of the products. The people that bought it just raved about it.

open tins of homemade healing salve on the counter

Grandpa’s salve

I had a grandpa of one of my daycare kids tell me that his wife had a rash that she just could not get cleared up and they got out that salve as a last effort and it was gone in a day!

I get a ton of scratches in the garden and bites sometimes. This homemade salve clears them right up. I’ve even used it on a brown recluse bite and it did the job.

Lavender salve

Do Terra essential oils are pure and keep me from having allergy troubles that can occur with essential oils. I love knowing I’m not going to react to them. Information shared on this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and has not been evaluated by the FDA. These are simply recipes that I use.

tins of salve on the counter

Miracle salve

  • ½ C coconut oil
  • ½ C olive oil
  • ¼ C beeswax
  • 2 T lanolin
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • Place beeswax and oils in a mason jar in a pan of water.
  • Heat over low heat, stirring until all beeswax is dissolved.
  • Add lanolin and stir over heat until melted.
  • Remove from heat and add Lavender Essential Oil
  • Pour into containers to cool. I use empty Altoids tins.

DIY healing balm

I don’t use anything else when I get hurt since I started making my own healing salve. It’s the best thing I’ve ever used and I know it’s safe for my body. I love knowing what’s in what I use. We make it in big batches and fill Altoids tins with it. 

The salve lasts in the tin without refrigeration or anything. Even after a year, ours was still good when we found a tin of it we had misplaced. It’s great to have on hand for any minor injury.

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27 Comments

    1. Lavender is very healing, I’m not an expert, I’m sure there are others that would work as well. But I find that I get headaches from other brands of essential oils other than do terra because they aren’t completely pure. I would suggest you either try do terra brand or check around for another one that is as great a healer as lavender. I wouldn’t say leave it out because this salve is so amazing. I know there are many medicinal flowers for sure. I just made this mixture with some ingredients I had on hand and it worked so good I never looked back. We’ve been using it for years. Thank you for checking it out, I hope you find a solution!

  1. I made a batch . Smells and going on smoothly. My question is it seems a little more solid. I’m just checking to make sure I have the right consistency. I followed the recipe.

    1. If it’s going on smoothly, it’s perfect. Because it has coconut oil in it, the room temperature effects the consistency somewhat, but as long as you can use it, you’re doing great.

  2. Hello!
    I found this page on Pinterest
    I am wondering if I can make the Healing salve without the lanolin?
    Because I don’t have any.
    I am wondering what purpose does it serve in the recipe?

    1. Hi Alisa,
      Lanolin has a ton of healing properties and is also moisturizing and holds the structure of the salve. You can make it without, but it would be more liquid and not a salve. Other ingredients in the recipe do have healing properties as well, but there is nothing like lanolin. You can get a small container of it at the pharmacy if you want to add it. Or give it a try without. Thanks for asking.

  3. Hello.
    Can this Salve be used on the face after esthetic treatme to like fibroblast plasma treatments. I’m looking to make something to send home with clients to apply during the healing process when skin is dry and irritated.
    Also is lavender the best oil or are there other “scented” oils I can also use?
    Thank you- Lauren

    1. Hi Lauren,
      I am not a medical doctor, so I wouldn’t know if it could be used after other treatments. It works super good for everything for us. Lavender is a very healing oil. I know others are, but we love it with lavender. Thank you so much for checking it out.

    1. Hi Debra,
      Lanolin is a sticky, thick substance that comes from the wool of sheep and their skin. It’s hard to describe. But this is the one I have been using with my affiliate link. https://amzn.to/3h0lOJn. Hopefully that helps. Thanks for reading!

    1. You can use olive oil, but the salve will be more runny. You could try using half the amount. That would be the only other oil I know of with healing properties. But you would probably have to put it in a bottle and pour some out. It would still work great though! Thanks for asking.

  4. Definitely giving this a go, looks like it has so many great uses, thanks for sharing your recipe ?

      1. You can leave out the lanolin, but it has a ton of healing properties. I would definitely use it if you can.

  5. This looks like a great project for my daughter and I to do this summer. What a great gift it would make as well. Love incorporating essential oils into remedies.

  6. I need to try this. I have arthritis, tendonitis, and bercitis in one hip from a sports injury and I have to take ibuprofen way more often than I’d like.

    1. You will be A-MAZED at how well this works. I still can’t believe it. Thanks for checking it out!

  7. I’ve tried them and you’re right! I suffer from very chapped lips and the healing salve works far better than anything I’ve ever tried. I love the name Sore Away, and it also works like a charm! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Love your recipes. I need to get a few additional oils to make them. I usually just use the lavender and peppermint each mixed with the coconut oil. Maybe adding the other few will make the difference.

  9. As a ssage therapist (in training), I hope to work with athletes some day. I can’t wait to try out your Sore Away!!