With just a few simple ingredients, you can create your own homemade burn salve (with honey and aloe vera. Honey has been used as a soothing treatment for many types of wounds over thousands of years. Making you own burn creams and salves is really very easy to do. Minor burns respond well to the nourishing oils in these home remedies.
Why Make Your Own Healing Burn Salve?
When used safely, making your own healing salves can be a wonderful home project. Sure you can find plenty of products at the local health food store but there is something special about making it yourself.
The process for making DIY burn cream is quick and easy. And you have many ways to customize the recipe to include your favorite ingredients.
Best of all, if you make your own – you know the ingredient list with no doubts. The same can be said for natural homemade lotions or creams.
Honey for Burns
Raw honey is a traditional topical treatment for minor burns and other wounds. It is said to have a soothing effect. And the antibacterial properties of honey helps prevent infection.
Today, many of us have developed a deeper appreciation for homeopathic treatments and using honey in salves and creams is common.
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 keep 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.
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 salves.
You may find yourself trying other recipes too with the leftover ingredients.
- raw honey
- coconut oil
- aloe vera gel
Honey: Raw honey is the best type to use for creating homemade salves and creams. Unlike pasteurized honey, raw honey still maintains all the natural goodness, enzymes and minerals.
You can use special medical grade honey or the special “manuka honey” if desired. However, most people use what they have on hand.
Some studies suggest that honey may help reduce scarring, so that’s another good reason to include it in your burn care.
Coconut Oil: This oil is popular in many health and beauty regimes. Coconut oil has skin healing properties and contains anti-fungal and antibacterial fatty acids.
Aloe Vera Gel: This gel comes from the aloe plant. The 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 is very messy so most folks purchase the commercial variety ready to use.
Beeswax: A miraculous natural wax made by honey bees. Beeswax is very easy to melt and can be mixed with a variety of oils, butters and other waxes to create natural products. Beeswax can be melted in the microwave but the safest way is to use a small double boiler.
Once all ingredients are assembled, it’s time to begin. Always take proper safety precautions to prevent burns or other accidents.
It doesn’t get much easier than this – melt and mix together. Some of the ingredients become hot when melted. Don’t get burned making your burn cream – ;).
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 Homemade Burn Salve
For minor burns, even sunburn, apply a small amount of salve to the affected area. It will be a bit messy, this is because of the moisturizing properties of the salve.
Cover the burn with clean gauze and wrap gently in place. You can apply several times a day.
For any serious burns, seek medical attention immediately. This wonderful salve is not a miracle cure. Some wounds require the attention of a doctor for proper medical advise.
Store your homemade burn salve in the refrigerator for lasting freshness. It can be kept on the counter when you are using is daily but I keep mine in the refrigerator between times.
If you enjoy making your own natural remedies, consider making a container of honey burn salve to keep in your “just in case” pantry. It is always good to have some on hand.
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.
Honey and beeswax are two wonderful gifts from the beehive. The uses for honey go far beyond the kitchen – don’t be afraid to try some new things.
Another easy to make homemade salve can be made with plantain leaves. It is very soothing for minor skin irritations.
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.
Homemade Honey Burn Salve Recipe
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- Safely melt the beeswax in a suitable container. Using a double boiler is the safest method. 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!
- Remove the beeswax and oils from heat and add the Aloe Vera Gel. Stir very well until completed mixed. If the beeswax starts to harden, return to heat briefly.
- 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.
- Pour your honey burn salve mixture into your choice of containers. Fill almost to the top with a little space left over. Let cool for a hour or more.