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Amazing Homemade Antibacterial Salve Recipe

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Do you know how to take care of your cuts, scrapes, and burns naturally?

I’m about to show you how to easily make a homemade antibacterial salve that not only has an antibacterial effect but also antiviral, antifungal antimicrobial properties? It’s pretty fantastic! Try this amazing antibacterial salve recipe today!

I have discovered that most skincare products have ingredients that can be harmful for our health, but not so with this recipe. This recipe for antibacterial salve is made with only a few simple ingredients that have proven skin and health benefits. 

Below are the ingredients we will be using for this salve recipe along with their skin healing benefits. I don’tknow about you, but I love knowing what is in the products I put on my skin, especially since we are living in an era where it is hard to know what is in the products we consume.

  • Virgin Coconut oil – has anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial, and analgesic properties.It’s great for moisturizing dry skin, including in people with conditions such as eczema. Coconut oil is great for reducing inflammation, which may result from UVB rays and also promotes wound healing.
  • Vitamin E Oil – is anti-photoaging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and photo-protective. Vitamin E oil is a healing oil that protects your skin against damage from factors like air pollution and exposure to direct sunlight while also using its anti-inflammatory properties to soothe your skin.
  • Castor oil – This oil is antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic. Castor oil is quite often overlooked, most people do not understand how awesome it really is. It has so many useful properties, I actually use this oil alone on bug bites, spider bites, rashes, and more.  For your skin, be it pigmentation, acne or ageing, castor oil is the solution of it all.
  • Beeswax – Beeswax is effective at creating a protective layer on the skin, sealing in moisture. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, which can help protect the skin as well.

What the Terms Mean

  • Antiviral – prohibits the growth of viruses
  • Analgesic – pain reliever
  • Anti-fungal – prohibits the growth of fungus
  • Antibacterial – prohibits the growth of bacteria
  • Antimicrobial – prohibits the growth of microorganisms
  • Anti-photoaging – prohibits damage to the skin from wrinkles, lines, UV rays, and spots
  • Antioxidant – protects against oxidation (damage) from free radicals
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces swelling, tenderness, fever, and pain
  • Photo-protective – protects against UV rays
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Is Making Your Own Salve Difficult?

Making your own antibacterial salve isn’t hard and surprisingly can be made in just a few minutes. This salve recipe has many uses and can be used on cuts, scrapes, burns as well as for chapped lips or even dry skin!

Making The Salve Recipe

salve recipeStep1)  Add all the ingredients, except for the essential oils into your double boiler or a pan inside of another pan of water to create a makeshift double boiler.

Step 2) Heat on medium while stirring occasionally to completely melt the beeswax pellets.

Step 3) Turn the heat down to low and add the essential oils. Stir well. 

*Note: I like to use droppers to dispense the essential oils as this gives the greatest level of control over how many drops are released. 

salve recipeStep 4) Carefully pour the liquid into small salve containers of your choice. I like these small one-ounce tins found here.

Step 5) Let the salve harden by letting it cool for 2-3 hours before use for best result. Put lids on and store in dry, cool place for up to a year.

*Note: If using clear containers, store in a cool, dark place. 

This homemade antibiotic salve recipe is good for cuts, scrapes, and burns that don’t need a bandage on them. It can also be used to heal cold sores naturally!

I think you’ll agree that this salve recipe couldn’t be easier to make. Now you have some antibacterial salve at your disposal too! If you do try this recipe out please let me know how it works for you. I would love to hear from my readers about their experience using this salve recipe. 

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Homemade Antibacterial Salve

Barbi Gardiner
This homemade antibacterial salve is great for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12 - 1 oz. tins


  • Small Salve Tins or Containers
  • Double Boiler Pan
  • Double Boiler Insert
  • Droppers for Essential Oil


  • 1/2 cup Virgin Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Castor Oil
  • 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10-15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 5-10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 1/4 cup Vitamin E Oil
  • 1-2 oz Beeswax


  • Add all the ingredients , except for the essential oils into your double boiler or a pan inside of another pan of water to create a makeshift double boiler.
  • Heat on Medium, until all ingredients are liquid.
  • Turn heat down to low, and add the essential oils.
  • Stir really well.
  • Pour the liquid carefully into small salve containers of your choice. I prefer small tins.
  • Let it cool for 2-3 hours or overnight, and then place the lids on.


Only use high quality essential oil that can be used on skin
Keyword antibacterial salve, antibiotic ointment, healing salve
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

The recipe we’ve shared is a great way to get started with making your own natural remedies for minor cuts and scrapes. It has an antibacterial effect, but it also includes antiviral, antifungal antimicrobial properties. You can make this salve in less than 15 minutes if you have the right ingredients on hand (or order them from Amazon). Want more herbal remedies? Subscribe to our newsletter!

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