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Amazing Homemade Salve Recipe for Beginners

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

I’m excited to show you how to easily make a homemade salve that can be a helpful addition to your natural first-aid kit. This salve has a variety of properties and is made with ingredients known for their beneficial effects on the skin. Try this wonderful salve recipe today!

I’ve discovered that many skincare products contain ingredients that can be concerning for our health, but not this recipe. This homemade salve is made with a few simple, natural ingredients that offer proven benefits for your skin.

Below are the ingredients we’ll be using for this salve recipe, along with their skin-nourishing benefits. I don’t know about you, but I love knowing what’s in the products I put on my skin, especially in an era where it’s hard to know what we’re really consuming.

  • Virgin Coconut oil – has anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial, and analgesic properties. It’s wonderful for moisturizing dry skin, including for those with sensitive skin conditions. Coconut oil can help soothe skin after exposure to UVB rays and support the natural healing process of minor skin irritations.
  • Vitamin E Oil – Vitamin E oil is known for its beneficial properties, including supporting skin health by protecting against factors like air pollution and direct sunlight exposure. Additionally, its soothing properties can help calm and nourish your skin.
  • Castor oil – Castor oil has a variety of impressive properties that make it incredibly versatile and beneficial. It’s often overlooked, but it’s truly a gem for various uses. I personally use it on bug bites, spider bites, rashes, and more. When it comes to skin care, whether you’re dealing with pigmentation issues, acne, or signs of aging, castor oil can be a wonderful addition to your routine.
  • Beeswax

    Beeswax is great for creating a protective layer on the skin that helps seal in moisture. Its natural properties are also beneficial for maintaining healthy skin.

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

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Step1)  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. 

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Step 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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2 thoughts on “Amazing Homemade Salve Recipe for Beginners”

    1. Barbi Gardiner

      Lemon EO adds great benefits (antibacterial and astringent), but you can skip it or swap it with another citrus EO if needed.

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