Multi-Purpose Herbal Healing Ointment Recipe

In 2012, I started a shop selling healing lip balm, bath herbs and a multi-purpose herbal healing ointment (some of which was packaged just for tattoo after-care).

Multi-Purpose Herbal Healing OIntment

The Etsy shop came about after reading the book, The $100 Startup. I wanted to see if I could start a side business on a budget and be successful with it (or, at the very least, make all my money back). And that’s just what I did.

Now, it would have been far more successful if I really put a lot of effort into spreading the word about my Etsy shop (I share how to start and grow an Etsy shop here), but I was kinda busy with this blog (not to mention my husband, kids and our bus project). Nevertheless, I was able to make all my money back, plus some, so I count it a success.

Will I keep my Etsy shop? I don’t know.

I like teaching far more than I like merely putting products in people’s hands. I also like encouraging people to try my recipes and tweak them to make them their own. And I really like just giving stuff away.

So, I have a gift for you: the recipe for my healing balm (a.k.a. Awesome Sauce).


This ointment is great and makes a difference quickly. It works wonders on bruises and other minor owies and I wouldn’t recommend anything else for caring for tattoos. Here’s what I’ve used it for:

  • Diaper rash
  • Acne
  • Scrapes
  • Burns
  • Bruising
  • Tattoos
  • Muscle pain
  • Postpartum bottom care
  • Chapped skin
  • Nose bleeds (We make a nose “plug” and dip it in this stuff before putting it in the nostril. Stops the bleeding super fast.)

It works best when you apply it a few times a day.

Alright, ready for the recipe? Here it is:

 Multi-Purpose Herbal Healing Ointment

  • 8 oz shea butter
  • 6 oz coconut oil (after herbs have steeped, add enough coconut oil back in to equal 14 oz again)
  • 2 Tbsp calendula petals, packed tightly
  • 2 Tbsp comfrey
  • 1 Tbsp packed tight marshmallow root
  • 1 Tbsp packed tight arnica
  • 1 Tbsp yarrow
  • 1 Tbsp plaintain
  • 2 Tbsp candelilla wax or beeswax
  • 20 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 20 drops citrus bliss essential oil (if you don’t have this, use lemon essential oil)
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 Tbsp vitamin e acetate oil

*I know it’s weird that not everything is measured the same way, but that’s how I roll. And this stuff really is awesome.

Carefully measure out your shea butter, coconut oil and herbs.

Turn your oven on to 200°. When it’s warmed up all the way, turn it off. While it’s warming, melt the coconut oil and the shea butter in an oven-proof pan on your stove top. Add the herbs, stir them in, then move the pan into the oven. Let it steep there for at least 4 hours.

Tare a container on your kitchen scale. Strain the infused oils into this container and toss the herbs in the compost bucket. Add coconut oil until  to the container until the weight of all the oils equals 14 oz. again. Rinse out the pan you used before and put the oils back in there.

Warm the infused oil up on the stove top and add the wax, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils and Vitamin E oil. Pour into a clean container with a lid, label and store in a cool place.

You should be able to fill up a pint size jar with this ointment. However, I like to divide it up into smaller containers. One reason is so I can sell it on my Etsy shop, but I also love to be able to hand them out as gifts.

Don’t have time to make your own healing balm, or don’t have the oils you need on hand? You can buy some healing balm ready made from my shop.

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Have you made your own ointment before? What did you use it for?


  1. Jennifer K. says

    I can’t wait to try this! I have a couple of questions. How long does it last? Are the essential oils only for scent or do they have therapeutic value in this ointment?

  2. says

    The essential oils are mainly for therapeutic benefit. I did add the citrus oils for scent, though. So far, I’ve had this ointment last for months – I just store it in a cool, dark place.

  3. Terry says

    I was wondering if it mattered if you used comfrey root vs comfrey leaf . . thank you so much for the recipe!

  4. says

    Yea!! The tattoo balm!! :) Thank you so much for posting this. Now to make up a smaller batch for just one person. :) Thankfully, I have an Excel spreadsheet that’ll make the calculations for me.

  5. says

    Hi Nina,
    I made this last night & it’s very runny & not very balm-y. There are a couple of herbs I skipped, could that have been it? I have a tiny bit more beeswax that I can add but I’m wondering if you have any ideas. Thanks!

  6. says

    I am so sorry. I only got a couple hours sleep last night & I just realized, after I’ve been reading the recipe only for weeks now, that this is an OINTMENT. My bad. I’m actually out of beeswax so I’m going to try throwing a couple lotion bars in & see if I can make it a tad more firm. 😉

  7. Betsy says

    Hey, Nina. Directions say to let herbs seep in oils in oven for at least four hours. What if, say, someone realized that they did not in fact own a strainer, and then maybe had to borrow one. And what if that took more like 24 hours. Is it still ok? 😉

  8. says

    Hi Nina !
    Thanks for your article, this cream looks really good ! Although I have one question : How much beeswax would you use for a 100ml jar ?
    That would be really helpful ! :)
    Thanks a lot !

  9. Christi Loring says

    Dear Nina,
    This post gives me inspiration to do something I’m passionate about. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m a stay-at-home mom who loves using natural products and remedies. I started using coconut oil on my skin and as a supplement. I’m hooked on it now. I also bought a diffuser and some essential oils. Now I’ve been creating different balms with coconut oil and the essential oils. It’s so much fun! Thank you for being generous and sharing your wisdom.

  10. Sissy says

    I realize this is an old post…but I’m hoping you’ll still see my comment. I was wondering, with all the different essential oils in this ointment, is it still safe to be used on an infant?



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