Learn how to make this natural antibiotic ointment to soothe bug bites, minor cuts, and more! You can easily make this ointment with only five ingredients, and it can be ready in minutes.

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What is a Natural Antibiotic Ointment?

A natural antibiotic ointment is a soothing herbal balm or herbal salve that you apply externally. The ingredients in the ointment work to combat harmful microbes that can otherwise lead to infection.

For the natural antibiotic ointment you’re making with this recipe, the coconut oil serves as a broad spectrum anti-microbial along with the essential oils helichrysum and German chamomile.

The helichrysum essential oil and the other ingredients in this healing ointment also offer a whole host of benefits to help with skin inflammation, including these properties:

  • Analgesic (pain relief)
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Scar diminishing
  • Skin regeneration

Read more about the benefits of the ointment’s ingredients in these research papers:


I am not a doctor or medical professional. If you are not feeling well, please seek professional medical attention and medicine. And if you are thinking of supplementing your treatment with home remedies, be sure to talk to your medical professional about them. It’s important that you get the medicine and treatments you need to get back to good health.

Ingredients for Making a Natural Antibiotic Ointment

Find the full printable recipe with measurements below.

Cutting board showing Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, German Chamomile essential oil, and Helichrysum italicum essential oil.

You only need 5 ingredients needed to make this natural antibiotic ointment:

  • Beeswax – Provides soothing properties and makes for a smooth spreadable ointment.
  • Coconut oil – Introduces a strong anti-microbial.
  • Jojoba Oil – Helps to reduce scaring and acts as a natural preservative.
  • German “Blue” Chamomile Essential Oil – Includes anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties.
  • Helichrysum (italicum) Essential Oil – Includes anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic properties and helps diminish scarring and increase skin regeneration.

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How to Make a Natural Antibiotic Ointment

Find the full printable recipe with instructions below.

Natural Antibiotic Ointment Recipe steps 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Making a natural antibiotic ointment is easy, and it can be ready in minutes.

  1. Place beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler and melt over a very low heat.
  2. Turn off the heat, add in the jojoba oil, and stir well.
  3. Move the top of the double boiler (or bowl) to a heatproof surface. Allow to cool to a warm but no longer hot temperature. (Not shown in image above)
  4. Once warm, add in the essential oils, and whisk well to incorporate.
  5. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid to store.


Although jojoba oil is my first choice to use when making this antibiotic ointment, if you do not have any on hand, you can substitute this ingredient with extra-virgin olive oil.

Preparation Tips

Using a Double Boiler with a glass bowl over a cast iron pot.

This antibiotic ointment is best made in a double-boiler or similar setup. However, if you do not have the equipment needed to prepare this recipe in a double boiler, you can also use a small saucepan.

Be sure to watch the beeswax pellets and coconut oil carefully as they are melting, as you do not want to allow the mixture to boil at any time.

How to Store a Natural Antibiotic Ointment

Glass jar with a lid

This Natural Antibiotic Ointment is best stored in a glass jar with a tight lid in a cool dark place. A kitchen pantry is perfect, or wherever you have set up your Herbal Medicine Cabinet within your Healing Pantry.

How to Use a Natural Antibiotic Ointment

You can apply this Natural Antibiotic Ointment to bug bites, minor cuts, scrapes, or abrasions, but first, be sure to wash the affected area well with warm soapy water, rinse well, and allow the skin to air dry. Once the skin is dry, gently apply the ointment.

Continue to apply the ointment for the first few days as the skin heals. If a scar remains once the skin has healed, continue to apply the ointment daily, rubbing it in well to help diminish the scar.

You can also apply this ointment to an old scar to help diminish it, as well as apply it to help soothe dry, cracked skin, such as on heels and elbows, and jagged and inflamed cuticles.

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Natural Antibiotic Ointment

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 ounces
Learn how to make this natural antibiotic ointment to soothe bug bites, minor cuts, and more! You can easily make this ointment with only five ingredients, and it can be ready in minutes.




  • Place a soup pot on the stovetop, fill it no more than a quarter full of water, and turn the heat to its lowest setting.
  • Place the heatproof bowl over the soup pot but make sure the bowl is not touching the water. (This setup simulates a double boiler.)
  • Cook's Note: Alternatively, if you have a double boiler, you can use it instead of a soup pot and heatproof bowl. If all you have is a small saucepan, you can use it, but you will need to ensure the saucepan does not overheat.
  • To the soup bowl, add the beeswax and allow it to begin to melt. Next, add in the coconut oil and allow both to melt completely. Stir well.
  • Turn off the heat and pour in the jojoba oil. Stir well to incorporate.
  • Using potholders, carefully remove the bowl from the soup pot and place the bowl on a heatproof surface. As you remove the bowl, angle it so that any steam escaping from the soup pot flows away from you in the opposite direction.
  • Allow the mixture in the bowl to cool slightly so that you are able to comfortably touch the bowl. The bowl should be warm to the touch but not hot.
  • Add the essential oils and whisk well to thoroughly incorporate.
  • Using a funnel over the 4-ounce jar, carefully pour the mixture into the jar. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, place the lid on the jar and store it in a cool dark place. (See Recipe Notes.)
  • You can apply this natural antibiotic ointment to a bug bite or minor cut, scrape, or other abrasion once cleaned well with soap and warm water and allowed to air dry. This ointment also makes a wonderfully soothing balm for dry, cracked skin and especially for dry, jagged, or inflamed cuticles.



Although it can be difficult to pinpoint the shelf-life of any homemade product, the general rule is that most herbal or essential oil preparations can maintain their freshness for anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. This particular ointment is at its most effective within the first 6 months.
Note: I am not a doctor or medical professional. If you are not feeling well, please seek professional medical attention and medicine. And if you are thinking of supplementing your treatment with home remedies, be sure to talk to your medical professional about them. It’s important that you get the medicine and treatments you need to get back to good health.
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Keyword: Healing Ointment, Herbal Salves, Natural Antibiotic Ointment
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