By Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Neosporin is the automatic go to for many people when they get scrapes, cuts and any other minor injuries. Although many of us have used this antibacterial topical ointment for years, one quick read over its ingredients list might make us stop and question why we are putting this on our skin!
Ingredients in Neosporin include Neomycin Sulfate Polymxin B, Bacitracin Zinc, Pramoxine and more, all mixed in petroleum jelly. There are many side effects commonly associated with these ingredients such as allergic reactions, muscle twitching, convulsions, hearing loss, fetal harm, rashes, hives, tightness in the chest, and the list goes on. And even with all of these unknown ingredients in it, Neosporin costs about $10 an ounce!
Thankfully, Mother Nature provides us with a bounty of beneficial ingredients that promote healing, without the side effects associated with pharmaceutical alternatives. So, today I’m going to show you how to make an all natural – yet potent – topical antibacterial solution.
In the recipe below, each ingredient contains many healing properties. The base is a combination of oils that are anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. The herbs have various medicinal properties as well. Beeswax is a skin protectant, keeping irritants off the skin while allowing air circulation into the injured area. Witch Hazel helps to clean and disinfect wounds while speeding up the healing process. These are just some of the incredible benefits of this natural antibiotic ointment.