My first aid kit at home is pretty small. We don't even have bandaids, which is not good. I heard about a local woman who makes compostable bandaids - I'll check it out and report back.
As I mentioned in my post about what I still buy in packaging and then recycle, I do have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the house from three years ago. When I run out of hydrogen peroxide, I will certainly buy more. Hopefully it will be packed in glass or plant plastics by then. This recipe for antibacterial cream calls for witch hazel if you desire. I found some that was packaged in glass! If I hadn't found it in glass, it's an item I would have made an exception for and bought in plastic. Health and safety will always be a priority in Circular Living.
Most antibacterial creams are petroleum based and filled with chemicals that suffocate the skin and could possibly enter the blood stream. No thank you. With all the air pollution that I can't avoid every time I step outside, at least I can control what I'm putting on my body. I stand behind these ingredients - they are clean and I know exactly what they are.
Antibacterial Cream Uses & Safety
This antibacterial cream is suitable for minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, irritated or dry skin, and can be used to soothe diaper rash. I like to make my wellness products in smaller batches, as I go through them slowly. Always make sure your hands are washed and clean before using the cream ( remember, you don't want to share bacteria or blood with anyone else). If this cream will be shared between you and your children for example, never double dip ( if you're worried this might happen, it's best to make little jars for everyone in your family and label them). As I live with my boyfriend, we share our jar, and we both know how to go about it safely. You may want to leave out the essential oils if you plan on using this cream on children who have a sensitivity to them.
Ingredients: Makes roughly 3 oz.
2 tablespoons grated beeswax
1/4 cup coconut oil or cold pressed olive oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)
5 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
1.5 teaspoons witch hazel (optional)
The Steps: 1. Combine the beeswax, coconut and/ or olive oil in a pyrex bowl and place over a pot of boiling water to melt the ingredients. 2. Once the ingredients are completely translucent, remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the essential oils and witch hazel. 4. Once the mixture has begun to cool around the edges, whip it with a fork or spoon until it forms a creamy, jelly-like consistency. 5. Put in a sterilized glass jar and store in a cool and dry place. I sterilize jars and lids by dipping them in boiling water for 60 seconds.
Hot Tip: On the rare occasion that I nick myself while shaving, I like to put a tiny bit of antibacterial cream on the cut. I find it stops the bleeding faster and seals the area, which helps keep out bacteria and dust. Plus, it's healing!
About the Ingredients:
Beeswax: I use beeswax in my body care products because doing so supports the continuation of bee farming, and we rely on the bees to pollinate the planet! Beeswax is incredibly moisturizing, healing, and soothing for the skin.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent infection and heal wounds. Coconut oil also reduces visible scaring.
Olive Oil: Olive oil can accelerate wound healing.
Witch Hazel: Witch hazel supports a healthy inflammatory response in the body by reducing swelling and bruising. Its astringent quality aids in wound care and keeps the area clean.
Tea Tree & Lavender Essential Oils: Tea tree essential oil is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and cicatrisant, meaning it can speed up wound healing and help prevent infection. Lavender essential oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties and can help provide relief from pain and calm the nervous system.