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How to prepare a homemade medicinal ointment: 2 recipes

How to prepare a homemade medicinal ointment, made at home with natural ingredients: medicinal plants and herbs, oil and petroleum jelly. We discover 2 recipes for you.

From a more traditional medicine point of view, it is true that our ancestors have bequeathed us a whole set of medicinal knowledge that they ultimately used when so-called scientific medicine was not so advanced (or simply did not exist).

This is the case for example of the different home remedies that even today we can even prepare easily and comfortably in our own home, which can be useful for health disorders or minor illnesses (such as colds, flu, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia) .

In this sense, in a previous note we explained how to make homemade suppositories, made with one hundred percent natural ingredients (mainly plant and herb extracts, glycerin and gelatin).

But we can also find ointments, also popularly known as ointments, which stand out for being preparations that are applied directly to the skin, generally being semi-solid.

What are ointments and what are they for?

As you surely know, ointments are semi-solid texture preparations, which are applied directly to the skin, usually to treat a condition or problem in it. That is, it consists of a substance with a creamy texture, used not only in Medicine, but also in Cosmetics for different purposes and objectives.

Depending on their purpose, they can be somewhat greasier, pasty or thick preparations, and although we can find them in pharmacies made with chemical products, it is best to find natural ointments made from plants and herbs with medicinal virtues.

That is, ointments differ from creams in that they do not have water, so that they tend to be usually composed mainly of fat and other ingredients that give it that rather semi-solid consistency. These ingredients are joined precisely by the active ingredients they contain.

Its use is really simple, since it should only be applied to the area of ​​the skin where we precisely want to enjoy the qualities, benefits and properties it provides.

Can you make medicinal ointments at home?

Although the usual thing is to go directly to the pharmacy or the herbalist and buy them, if we want to investigate a little and even prepare them on our own, we must tell you that it is possible to make homemade medicinal ointments.

It is as simple as using a little petroleum jelly as a base (you can also use olive oil) and a little essential oil from the plant that we are going to use.

Recipe to make a homemade ointment

For the preparation of homemade ointments we need in addition to the indicated ingredients: glass containers, a saucepan, a wooden spoon, a filter or piece of cloth and a jug.


  • 550 ml. aqueous extract of the plant or herb
  • 100 ml. Of olive oil
  • 200 g. Vaseline
  • Beeswax (to thicken)


  1. Once you have chosen the plant or herb to use, make an infusion or decoction with it.
  2. Get 550 ml. of this extract, filter it and let it rest.
  3. In a saucepan add the olive oil and the Vaseline.
  4. Add the extract and mix.
  5. Boil until the water in the extract evaporates, which means that the extract has mixed well with the petroleum jelly and oil.
  6. If you want to thicken the mixture more, add beeswax and mix.
  7. Let cool and put the mixture in a container or jar.

Another recipe to make a homemade ointment


  • 70 grams of leaves, petals or roots of the plant or herb you want.
  • 500 grams of Vaseline.


  1. Melt the petroleum jelly in a bain-marie.
  2. When it begins to melt add the plant or herb you have chosen, and heat over low heat for 2 hours.
  3. After this time, strain the mixture into the glass jar and pour it into the containers where you are going to store it (it is important to do this process before the ointment cools and solidifies).
  4. Finally, let it cool down to room temperature, chatting in a cool, dry place.


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