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!
Gaye Levy, also known as the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through her website at BackdoorSurvival.com. At Backdoor Survival, Gaye speaks her mind and delivers her message of prepping with optimism and grace, regardless of the uncertain times and mayhem swirling around us.