I’m terrible with pimples. As soon as I see one, I’m on it. It’s like a huge beaming target on my that I just can’t avert my eyes away from. Then, if I’m somewhat self-controlled and leave it alone to heal on it’s own, it’s all that’s on my mind for the whole day, until… the time comes when I finally cave and give in to the satisfaction of popping it.
Long story short, I have a few scars from popping pimples, and I went looking for a cream that could help heal em’ right on up! (Plus, I’m finally getting on top of my pimple popping habit… it’s been a struggle, but we’re getting there).
Natural healing balm for scars, blemishes, small cuts, and bruises.
I found a couple of great all-natural, homemade creams I could use that are rich in skin healing properties; one is an antibacterial wound healing ointment, the other a healing balm that helps with burns, bruises, cuts, scars and blemishes.
These salves are things I feel good about using, as they’re chemical/toxin-free, and contain so many wonderful ingredients rich in healing properties, to not only heal my skin, but nourish it too. The healing balm works wonderfully as a moisturiser for extra dry skin too, as the oils present in the cream help hydrate your skin for a much longer time than standard moisturisers.
Chemical & toxin-free, and super hydrating for skin (it works as a fabulous moisturiser as well!)
DIY Antibacterial Wound Healing Ointment
This recipe is originally from Small Footprint Family.
Coconut oil is one of the main ingredients used. It’s a great antimicrobial and antibacterial, and is the base upon which this ointment is made. There is no beeswax pastilles used in this recipe, which means this cream will penetrate the skin more quickly, allowing for quicker absorption. However, because beeswax has been omitted from this recipe, you may need to keep it in the fridge during the warmer months.
Oregano oil and tea tree oil are powerful anti-microbial oils, however they are both quite drying, so you may see a little skin flaking around your cut.
Helichrysum oil is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and is great for helping to close up a wound.
Lavender oil is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
Frankincense has fantastic skin healing properties, and helps with inflammation.
Note: If ever applying essential oils to your skin, it is recommended that you test a small patch of it out (once having diluted it with an appropriate carrier oil) on your skin to ensure you have no adverse reactions to it.
Find the recipe here.
As this healing balm contains beeswax, it sits on the skin longer, acting as a slow-release healing cream, giving your skin a hit of wonderful healing herbs and skin nourishing oils, helping to promote healing in that area.
Homemade Healing Balm
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup dried lavender
- 1/3 cup dried calendula
- 4 tbsp beeswax pellets
- 1 tbsp honey (optional)
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
As soon as you pour the balm mixture into the glass containers, it immediately starts to solidify. It takes about 5-10 minutes to fully set (so not long at all!), and then it’s ready to start using.
- In a double boiler (if you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a large glass or metal bowl set over a pot of boiling water), combine coconut oil and olive oil. Allow coconut oil to melt over low heat.
- Once melted, add in dried lavender and calendula.
- Keeping heat on low, allow herbs to infuse for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, prepare a small bowl with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Pour mixture through filter, sifting out out the herbs.
- Return infused oil to the double boiler (make sure to clean out any remaining dried herbs). Over low heat, add beeswax, stirring until melted.
- Add honey (if using), stirring for about a minute. Turn off heat and add essential oils.
- Pour mixture into one large jar or two small jars. The mixture will begin to solidify.
- If you’re using honey, stir every minute or two. The mixture takes about 5-10 minutes to fully set.
- Once set, it’s ready to use and will keep for 12 months at room temperature.
This recipe was originally from Live Simply.
It’s very soothing when applying onto skin, and a has a soft, oily texture to it.
Another favourite healing cream of mine that I use as a “Windex” on everything, is my homemade calendula cream I make from scratch. It’s an anti-inflammatory and rich in healing properties.
For a live run-through of how I make this healing balm above, see my video tutorial below!
Have you made your own healing cream before? Share your recipe below! We love getting your suggestions on recipes to try!
Lots of love,