DIY Honey Burn Salve
Honey is so much more than just a sweet treat. It has been used as a soothing treatment for many types of wounds over thousands of years. One of the most well known honey uses is in the treatment of burns. Minor burns respond well to salves made with honey. And with just a few simple ingredients you can create your own homemade honey burn salve at home.
Honey Can Soothe Minor Burns
Raw honey is a traditional topical treatment for minor burns and other wounds. It is said to have a soothing effect and help prevent infection.
Today, many of us have developed a deeper appreciation for homeopathic treatments and using honey in salves and creams is common.
You can use special medical grade honey or the special “manuka” honey if desired. However, most people use what they have on hand.
All of us should keep a well stocked pantry with a few essentials on hand. You never know when you will need something and not be able to get to a store.
Items that store well for a long time are the top choices. If honey is stored properly, it never spoils. Every home should have a jar of honey.
Why Make Your Own Healing Salve?
When used safely, making your own homemade healing salves can be very enjoyable. Sure you can find plenty of products at the local health food store but there is something special about making it yourself.
Making your own honey burn salve is quick and easy. And, if you make your own – you know the ingredient list with no doubts.
Materials for Homemade Salves
Before you begin, gather ingredients, tools needed and your containers of choice. This simple recipe requires only 4 ingredients and they are common in many salve recipes.
- raw honey
- coconut oil
- aloe vera gel
Raw honey is the best type to use for creating products homemade salves and creams. Unlike pasteurized honey, raw honey still maintains all the natural goodness, enzymes and minerals.
Coconut Oil is used in many health and beauty regimes. It has skin healing properties and contains anti-fungal and antibacterial fatty acids.
Aloe Vera gel comes from the aloe plant. This jelly like substance found inside the leaves can be rubbed directly on a burn. It promotes circulation and inhibits the growth of bacteria.
You can make your own aloe vera gel using the juice from an aloe plant. However, it spoils quickly and if very messy so most folks purchase the commercial variety ready to use.
Beeswax is a miraculous substance that is made by honey bees. This natural wax lends very well to melting and is mixed with a variety of oils and other waxes to create natural products.
After gathering your materials, you will also need a double boiler or some method of melting the beeswax. You can use the microwave but be very careful and only use it in short burst – beeswax is flammable.
Using a double boiler is always the safest way to melt beeswax.
Salve containers come in every shape and size. Your container could be something as simple as a short glass jar (half pint?) with a lid.
Ingredients for Honey Burn Salve Recipe
- 1/4 cup (161 grams) of raw honey
- 1/4 cup (41 grams) of coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp (8 grams) of aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons (6 grams) of beeswax
- vitamin E oil (optional) few drops
How to Make Honey Burn Salve
Time needed: 2 hours.
Make your own homemade honey burn salve with aloe using this simple recipe.
- Melting the Beeswax
Add the beeswax to your double boiler. Gently melt the beeswax until it is completely liquified.
Once the beeswax is melted add the coconut oil. It will melt quickly – don’t let it burn!
- Add Aloe Vera Gel
Remove the beeswax and oils from heat and add the Aloe Vera Gel. Stir very well until completed mixed.
- Add Honey
Once the aloe vera gel is well mixed into the recipe. Slowly add in the honey. I also add a few drops of Vitamin E oil, but that is completely optional.
- Fill Containers
Pour your honey burn salve mixture into your choice of containers. Let cool for a hour or more.
After your product has cooled, the honey may separate from the oil/wax mixture. That’s okay – just be sure to stir it well before each use.
I prefer to keep my salve in the refrigerator. It should last for several months. Stir well before each use to mix the honey into the wax/oil.
Even if your honey burn salve is for your own home use, make a label for it. Otherwise someone may think it is a new chip dip!
How to Use Your Salve
For minor burns, even sunburn, apply a small amount of salve to the affected area. It will be messy. Cover the burn with clean gauze and wrap gently in place.
For any serious burn, seek medical attention immediately. This wonderful salve is not a miracle cure. Some wounds require the attention of a doctor.
Final Tips on Making Homemade Honey Burn Salves
If you enjoy making your own natural remedies, consider making a container of honey burn salve to keep in your “just in case” pantry.
This is just one more great way to use honey and to ensure that you know all of the ingredients in a product that you plan to use on your family.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical expert. Any homemade burn salve should only be used on minor wounds that are not serious or infected. Always, consult a medical professional when seeking treatment for injuries.