Make an Easy Antiseptic Vinegar

8:25 AM Posted by jo

When I originally wrote this post we lived in Texas. We relocated to California and the weather has been wonderful lately so my children are outside climbing in trees and on rocks for hours everyday. I'll keep a bottle of this vinegar around for emergencies.

Original text:
Here in Texas the weather is still pretty good even though it is getting colder. My children are still outside running around and climbing on things. They bump their knees, get splinters and scratch up their legs and arms while running in the wooded area. I like to make an antiseptic vinegar to keep around the house for washing minor wounds.If the immune system is good a minor wound is normally not a problem, and the chances for infection is very small.

Backyard play in Texas.

When I use the essential oils  the wounds normally heal faster, and the scarring is minimized.  Many of the oils also have pain relieving properties, and they are  calming and soothing. So, while not always necessary, they aid in the healing process. 

Antiseptic Vinegar
1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. honey
lavender 6 drops
tea tree/melaleuca 3 drops
Roman Chamomile 1 drop
geranium 1 drop 
1 8-ounce glass bottle

Mix the essential oils with the honey. Combine the aromatic honey with the water and the vinegar. Stir well and add to the bottle. Shake well to mix. When you need to use it, soak a cotton ball in with the blend, and clean the wound.

Other oils useful in a first aid kit are: bergamot, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary and frankincense.
Remember,  to avoid sun exposure for 12 hours if using essential oils like bergamot and lemon.

Don't forget to check the safety and dilution chart to make sure the oils are suitable for your child.

If you're new to essential oils you might want to check out my Getting Started Guide. 


Johanna is an aromatherapist and 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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