Summer brings all kinds of extra bumps, scrapes and bug bites – the answer to this is a healing ointment that you can create at home using hemp seed oil and a few other ingredients.
Hemp seed oil is legal in all 50 states and most countries and is available in the refrigerated section of your local natural foods store. Be sure to ONLY purchase hemp seed oil which is stocked in the refrigerated case at the store because hemp seed oil goes rancid when it is stored on the shelf. Hemp seed oil is a very fresh product and should have a fresh “grassy and nutty” fragrance when you open the bottle.
This recipe also uses kokum butter – a seed butter from the kokum fruit in the mangosteen family. Kokum fruit is frequently used to treat allergies. Kokum is not a tree nut, nor is it related to the coconut or peanut. It makes a wonderful hard butter that absorbs into the skin very quickly. I’ve really fallen in love with kokum butter lately and I hope you will too after you make this amazing healing ointment.
The ointment contains a medicinal herbal essential blend that is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory including: lavender, rosemary, thyme and tulsi (holy basil).
Summer Hemp Healing Ointment Recipe
3/4 cup of kokum butter
2 tbsp of beeswax
1/4 cup hemp seed oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops of rosemary essential oil
10 drops of thyme essential oil (I like the red thyme essential oil but you can use any kind you like.)
10 drops of tulsi (holy basil) oil
Gently melt the kokum butter, beeswax and hemp seed oil together, no more than 140 degrees. Remove from heat and pour into a glass jar that will be the final storage container. Add all of the essential oils and stir. Refrigerate after cooling on the counter. This ointment does not need refrigeration if it is used within 2 – 3 months but it should be kept out of hot summer temperatures.
I loved using this ointment after getting a bruise and knee scrape while hiking and also on the mosquito bites. It was handy to carry in my backpack and soothed and cleaned up the wound nicely. I used a thick coat and allowed it to sit on my knee and then wiped it off along with the dirt and blood. I then applied a second, thinner coat to treat the wound.