The best healing ointments from naturopathy
Wild and medicinal herb ointments have been used as natural remedies for thousands of years. The areas of application are diverse and range from the care of dry skin to wound healing to the treatment of bruises and strains. Ordinary commercial ointments, however, often have a long list of ingredients, which creates uncertainty and doubts among many consumers about possible pollutants and tolerability. To get around this, you can use a few ingredients and utensils to make your own ointment that is tailored to your personal needs. You can find out below how ointment production works and what you need for it.
Simply make healing ointments yourself
Healing ointments have a very long tradition in naturopathy and have been used successfully in various complaints to this day. Depending on the ingredients of the ointment, it can be used, for example, to treat rough and cracked skin, to heal wounds or to relieve pain and itching. The production of a healing ointment is not difficult at all and, above all, does not require any chemical additives. Your own “ointment kitchen” has many advantages: in the end you know exactly what substances are contained in your ointment, you can use collected medicinal plants sensibly and only produce as much as you actually need.
Ointment production - ingredients and utensils
You don't need much for the ointment production - but it is important that you make sure that the ingredients are of high quality and natural. The basic ingredients for a homemade ointment are oils or fats such as olive, sunflower seed, coconut or jojoba oil. In addition to that, you need a so-called consistency agent so that the ointment becomes spreadable. Beeswax is very suitable here, and lanolin or vegetable fats such as shea or cocoa butter can also be used to make the ointment more supple.
There are various ways to enrich the homemade ointment with the desired active ingredients: either you use essential oils, which is quite uncomplicated, because a few drops are enough to increase the wound-healing or skin-care effect of the ointment, for example. Or you can use a (self-made) oil extract or a tincture made from medicinal plants to achieve the desired effect. The possibilities here are almost inexhaustible - for example, marigolds should help with sore spots, comfrey should help with bruises and bruises and lavender against mosquito bites.
In addition to that, you need some utensils to make your personal ointment. As Silvia Zweimüller explains in her book “DIY healing salves: naturally healthy”, these are:
- an enamel saucepan for oil extracts or the water bath,
- a precision balance,
- Cucumber or jam jars with a capacity of around 250 to 500 milliliters or fireproof laboratory glasses (available in natural cosmetics supplies) for heating the ingredients,
- Glass cream jar or small jam jars for filling. It is better to use small containers to use the ointment faster. (Important: Always remove the ointment with a spatula, so fewer bacteria get in!),
- fireproof glasses,
- a glass stir bar or Asian chopsticks,
- Alcohol to disinfect and clean the utensils (e.g. high-proof schnapps or alcoholic disinfectant),
- a strainer to filter the herbs,
- a spatula,
- if necessary a thermometer,
- if necessary, a hand mixer with a whisk to combine the fat and water phases,
- Labels for the exact labeling of the crucibles with date and content.
Recipe for comfrey ointment
In her book, the qualified nurse and herbal expert Silvia Zweimüller presents her tried and tested recipe for comfrey ointment:
- a handful of comfrey roots,
- One or two Solomon seal roots,
- 250 milliliters of olive oil,
- 22 grams of beeswax,
- 30 grams of lanolin (wool fat),
- possibly 30-50 milliliters of arnica oil
- and possibly a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Preparation of oil extract:
- Wash a handful of comfrey roots cleanly, pat dry and cut into small pieces with one or two Solomon seal roots.
- Warm everything in 250 milliliters of olive oil (max. 60–70 ° C) - do not fry! Always remove from the plate and warm up again (use residual heat!). Repeat this again and again for about two days.
- Then strain and express the roots well.
Preparation of ointment:
- Add 22 grams of beeswax and 30 grams of lanolin. Warm in a water bath and stir until everything has melted. If arnica oil is available, add about 30–50 milliliters drop by drop, but then use 25 grams of beeswax. If you don't want to use lanolin (wool fat, animal origin), you can replace it with cocoa butter or shea butter.
- Possibly add a few drops of lavender essential oil.
- Pour into embarrassingly clean crucibles (for example, rub them with a kitchen roll soaked in alcohol) and only close them when the contents have cooled completely so that no condensation can form.
Comfrey for pain and external injuries
The comfrey roots (Symphytum officinale) are dug in October or early spring. They contain a lot of allantoin - it dissolves wound secretions and promotes granulation. In interaction with silica, the growth of the bones is accelerated. It also promotes cell regeneration, tissue regeneration and blood circulation. Comfrey is used for
- Bone injuries like fractures,
- Venous diseases,
- poorly healing open legs
- as well as all other poorly healing wounds.
The white root - as the Solomon seal is also called - works particularly well on ligaments and tendons. An oil extract is created from the roots of Solomon Seal, which is a particularly effective basis for a joint ointment.
Recipe for brownwort lip balm
Silvia Zweimüller's recipe for a natural brown root ointment is easy to implement and results in a healing paste that has proven particularly useful for skin damage. The Braunwurz ointment can also serve well for cold sores or cold sores, which is why the herbal expert recommends filling the ointment as lip care in lipstick sleeves if necessary.
- 60 milliliters of brown root oil,
- 25 grams of shea butter (or cocoa butter, lanolin, beeswax)
- and 25 milliliters of brownwort tincture (even strong tea is possible).
- Put the brown oil in a fire-proof glass jar. Add shea butter and heat in a water bath, stirring.
- In another container, heat the tincture to the same temperature.
- Stir the heated tincture (water phase) into the oil mixture (fat phase). Not the other way around! Allow the alcohol to evaporate over a low heat in a water bath for about 30 minutes. Stir again and again. Then remove from the water bath and fill into clean jars. If you want a good fragrance, add a few drops of essential oil of your choice.
- Fill into lip care tubes and apply if necessary.
Brown root oil is obtained by starting with roots and possibly herbs in a good oil in summer (roots from April) and leaving to stand warm for about three weeks, then filtering and storing the bottle in a dark place. If you want to go fast, you take a hot pull-out like the comfrey ointment.
Make marigold ointment yourself
From the flowers of the calendula (calendula) you can easily prepare a healing ointment that is wonderful for the natural treatment of skin diseases and wounds.
- 50 grams of dried marigold flowers,
- 500 milliliters of olive oil,
- 40 grams of cocoa butter,
- and 40 grams of beeswax.
- Pour the oil over the dried marigold flowers and leave the mixture, tightly closed in a glass, in a warm place for two to three weeks.
- Put the flower oil in a saucepan and heat it until just before the boiling point. Then add the cocoa butter and the beeswax.
- When everything has melted, remove the pan from the stove and stir the contents thoroughly. Let the liquid cool until it starts to solidify. Then the ointment is filled into dark glasses.
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Dipl. Social Science Nina Reese, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
- Silvia Zweimüller: DIY healing ointments: Naturally healthy, Freya Verlag, 2015
- Ben-Erik van Wyk, Coralie Wink, Michael Wink: Handbook of Medicinal Plants, Scientific Publishing Company, 3rd edition, 2015
- Thomas Kopal, Angelika Lenz et al .: Grandmother's home remedies rediscovered, Readers Digest Germany, 2000