Make Your Own Honey Burn Salve
Honey has been used as a soothing treatment for many types of wounds over thousands and years. One of the most well known honey uses is in the treatment of burns. With just a few simple ingredients you can create your own homemade honey burn salve with aloe.
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.
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. One perfect example is honey. If honey is stored properly, it never spoils. Every home should have a jar of honey.
Honey is made by bees. It is used in baking and numerous recipes and forms of food preparation. However, honey has more to offer than just being a natural sweetener.
It has a reputation for healing and as such should be part of any survival stash. This multi purpose product is a must have.
This is great news for those of us who enjoy using homemade products. Making your own burn salve is a great way to know the ingredient list with no doubts.
How to Make Honey Burn Salve with Aloe
First, you need to gather the ingredients needed and any tools or containers. This simple recipe requires only 4 ingredients.
- raw honey
- coconut oil
- aloe vera gel
Raw honey is the best type to use for creating products for medicinal use. It 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 so I find the commercial variety better for this recipe.
Beeswax is a miraculous substance. Beeswax 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 and a container for your finished salve.
The container could be something as simple as a short glass jar (half pint?) with a lid.
- 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 – See here on Amazon
- 2 teaspoons (6 grams) of beeswax – See here on Amazon
- vitamin E oil (optional) few drops
Add the beeswax to a double boiler for melting. Once the beeswax is melted, you can add the coconut oil. The coconut oil will melt quickly – don’t let it burn.
Remove from heat. Add the honey and aloe vera gel to the mixture and stir very well. I add a few drops of Vitamin E oil, but that is completely optional.
Pour your salve mixture into a container and let cool. 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.
How to Use Your Burn 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.
If you enjoy making your own natural remedies, consider making a container of honey burn salve to keep in your “just in case” pantry.