Lately it seems that I can not get through the day without banging my shins against something, getting bit by an insect, burning myself while reaching into the oven, or having a dry skin itch-attack then scratching my skin raw. Nothing major, mind you, but I do look like I have been through a war zone.
In the old days, my solution to treating these surface wounds has been to reach for the Neosporin and slather it all over the place. In the new days, meaning now, I ditch the petroleum based ointment in favor of a more natural remedy.
What I have come up with is my own version of a first aid stick, something I call my “Healing Boo-Boo Stick”. Yes, there are plenty of DIY “Boo-Boo” and “Owie” stick formulations online as well as DIY Neosporin ointments. But that said, this is not rocket science. Here is my own formula and one that works for me.
Healing Boo-Boo Stick aka My Miracle First Aid Stick
Add essential oils to a small, 10ML glass roller ball bottle. Top with witch hazel.
Before using, give it a quick shake then apply liberally to cuts, scrapes, bug bites, blemishes and zits (admit it, we still get them) and just about anywhere else you would normally apply antiseptic ointment.
1. Use a small spray bottle instead of a roller ball.
2. Instead of witch hazel, use fractionated coconut oil
3. If you prefer an ointment, mix the ingredients into 2 teaspoons of BDS Simple Salve. What’s that? See DIY Simple Salve: An All Purpose, All Natural Ointment and learn to make it your self!
How Does It Work?
The essential oils used in this miracle first aid stick are well known for their healing qualities. With the addition of soothing and calming witch hazel, you have a combination that will seal the fate of those everyday cuts, scrapes, and bites that I so fondly call “boo boos”.
Lavender: Lavender has historically been used to clean and help heal wounds and burns, and to address skin issues of all types. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antiviral.
Melaleuca (Tea Tree): Melaleuca acts as a stimulant and helps the body fight off bacteria, infections, viruses, and illness. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antiviral.
Oregano: Historically, oregano was used by ancient Greek physicians to treat wounds and bites. Many members of the modern medical community consider oregano to be natures antibiotic. It is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-allergenic, and anti–inflammatory.
Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing. Historically it has been used for acne, sunburn, stings and bites, razor burn and nicks, blisters, and other skin woes. It is perfect for cleaning wounds and reducing inflammation and swelling.
What Can I Use the Boo-Boo Stick For?
I could list all of the uses for this miracle first aid stick but let me just say this:
Use it anytime you would normally reach for a tube of Neosporin.
Use it for treating and preventing infections from minor cuts, scrapes, bites and burns.
Use it to calm itching, reduce inflammation and swelling, and to promote healing without reliance on chemical laden petroleum products.
Most of all, use it whenever you feel that an OTC first aid cream or ointment is warranted.
The Final Word
As with all of my lotions, ointments, salves and other concoctions, this is the formula that works for me. I find that It is quick and effective plus it uses some of the more common and less expensive essential oils. The one caveat I have is that you want to be mindful that oregano is a “hot oil” and even though it is well-diluted, you should keep it away from the eyes.
Something else to keep in mind is that if you happen to be in the kitchen and don’t have your boo-boo stick handy, reach for some honey. It, too, has healing qualities that are proven to reduce the incidence of inflammation and infection.
And finally, it goes without saying that using essential oils for minor skin irritations is just fine. For serious wounds, however, please seek medical attention and follow the advice of your healthcare practitioner. Let common sense prevail.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Aromatherapy Glass Roll On Bottles, Frost Cobalt Blue-Set of 6: These are the roller ball bottles that I use. I have tried many “brands” and have never had a leaker with these. You are going to want some of these not only for your boo-boo stick but also for your oils. I put essential oils (singly or in combination) in a roller ball with a bit of fractionated coconut oil and use it to apply EOs topically.
Note that I prefer the cobalt blue roller ball containers but they are also available in clear. These complement the custom salves I mix up and store in these 1/2 ounce ointment jars.
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals exclusively. They are high quality yet reasonably priced. In addition, there are no membership fees and a distributor relationship is not necessary to get best pricing. Interested in checking them out?
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NOW Foods Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals. For healing purposes, I feel they are superior. On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price from Amazon. Here are a the oils used in the Boo-Boo Stick: Oregano, Lavender, and Tea Tree.
Thayers Witch Hazel: This is the brand I use; you simply cannot beat the price.
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