Make Your Own Ointments

11:38 AM Posted by jo


I like to use vegetable oils, such as Sweet Almond or Sunflower with beeswax for my ointments. I have different essential oil blends that I will add to the ointment in the later stages of making it. An ointment contains oils or fat, but not water,and is useful to form a protective layer over the skin. You can recycle jars that you have at home as long as they are dark. Essential oils should not be stored in light.

Standard Quantities

1 oz. (25 g) beeswax to 4fl.oz (100 ml) vegetable oil
Essential oils: use 20-30 drops for this amount.
If the skin is very sensitive, use only 10 drops.

1. Place the beeswax and oil in a glass bowl over a saucepan of water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer until the wax has melted into the oil. Remove from the heat.
2. Stir continually as the oil/wax mixture cools and stiffens; essential oils may be added at this stage, as recommended, and stirred into the mixture.

3. Pour or spoon into a small, clean ointment jars, seal and store. This may keep for a few months under good conditions, but should be made in small amounts as needed.

For treatments of boils, sores, infected cuts, fungal skin conditions or inflamed skin conditions. A soothing antiseptic blend can be made from tea tree oil and infused calendula.

The rubefacient and analgesic properties of black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and peppermint can be according to Battaglia be added in an ointment beneficial for arthritis and sport injuries. Use before an event to keep muscles warm and prevent injuries.

Battaglia also recommends to use infused calendula, infused carrot seed oil, myrrh and German chamomile in an ointment to moisten, soothe and protect dry irritated skin conditions like eczema, dry chapped skin or lips,

I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.

Check out my safety page to make sure you are aware of any contrindications before you use essential oils. Some oils are not suitable when suffering from certain conditions. AlsoRead this Before You Start Using Essential oils. Some oils should not be applied prior to sun exposure so make sure you check this list before spending time in the sun.

Not sure how to apply the oils? Visit these pages to learn how to apply the oils:
If you're new to essential oils you might want to check out my Getting Started Guide. 

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Johanna is an aromatherapist and an independent distributor of Young Living Essential Oils  She is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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