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How to prepare a medicinal home ointment: 2 recipes

From a traditional medicine point of view, it is true that our ancestors have bequeathed us a whole set of medical knowledge that they used ...

From a traditional medicine point of view, it is true that our ancestors have bequeathed us a whole set of medical knowledge that they used when the 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 easily and comfortably elaborate in our own home, which may be useful for health disorders or minor illnesses (such as colds, flu, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia …) .

How to prepare a medicinal home ointment: 2 recipes

In this sense in a previous note we explained how to make homemade suppositories , made with 100% natural ingredients (mainly extracts of plants and herbs, glycerin and gelatin).

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

What are ointments and what are they for?

As you probably 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 to say, it  consists of a substance of creamy texture , used not only in the Medicine, but also in the Cosmetic with different aims and objectives.

Depending on their purpose they may be slightly greasy, pasty or thick preparationsand although we can find them in pharmacies made with chemicals, it is best to find natural ointments prepared from herbs and herbs with medicinal virtues.

How to prepare a medicinal home ointment: 2 recipes

That is,  ointments differ from creams in which they have no water , so that they tend to be usually composed mainly of fats and other ingredients that provide that rather semi-solid consistency. These ingredients are precisely linked to the active ingredients they contain.

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

Can medicinal ointments be made at home?

Although it is usual to go directly to the pharmacy or herbalist and acquire them, if we want to investigate a little and even prepare them on our own, we must indicate 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 some essential oil of the plant that we are going to use.

Recipe to make a homemade ointment

For the preparation of homemade ointments we also need the following ingredients: glass containers, a saucepan, a wooden spoon, a filter or piece of cloth and a jar.

Ingredients:

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

preparation:

  1. Once you have chosen the plant or grass 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 Vaseline.
  4. Add the extract and mix.
  5. Boil until the water in the extract evaporates, which means the extract has been mixed well with petroleum jelly and oil.
  6. If you want to thicken the mixture add beeswax and mix.
  7. Let cool and put the mixture in a bowl or jar.

How to prepare a medicinal home ointment: 2 recipes

Another recipe to make a homemade ointment

Ingredients:

  • 70 grams of leaves, petals or roots of the plant or grass that you want.
  • 500 grams of petroleum jelly.

Elaboration:

  1. To the water bath melts petroleum jelly.
  2. When it begins to melt add the plant or grass that you have chosenand heat on a low flame for 2 hours.
  3. After this time pour the mixture into the glass jar and pour it into the containers where you will store it (it is important to do this before the ointment cools and solidifies).
  4. Finally, allow to cool to room temperature, talking in a dry and cool place.

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