I seem to be saying goodbye to a lot of things lately! Things that don't add value to my life, websites that refuse to innovate, things that aren't good for me. Join me in saying goodbye to antibacterial ointments like Neosporin and saying hello to natural healing salves!
Truth be told, I used to use antibacterial ointment for a lot of things. It isn't even indicated for long term use, but besides normal use for injuries, I slathered it on blemishes and chapped lips far too often. I'm not offering medical advice of course, but there are better, cleaner options particularly for issues other than injuries. The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database contains only old Neosporin products which receive ratings of 1-5, but the base of these ointments is always white petrolatum, which itself has a cautionary score of 4. Remember, it's derived from crude oil! The current ingredients of Neosporin are:
- Bacitracin Zinc
- Polymyxin B Sulfate
- Cocoa Butter
- Cottonseed Oil
- Olive Oil
- Sodium Pyruvate
- Vitamin E
- White Petrolatum
Active ingredients notwithstanding (again, not a doctor) the inactive ingredients are not the worst in the world, but we can do better. Take, for instance, Get Giddy Organic Cedar Mint Balm. The ingredients are:
- Organic Sunflower Oil
- Organic Carnuaba Wax
- Organic Cocoa Butter
- Organic Sesame Oil
- Organic Wheatgerm Oil
- Organic Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Organic Peppermint Essential Oil
- Organic Rosemary Oil Extract
- Non-GMO Soy Based Vitamin E Oil
The base of this product is Carnuba Wax, Cocoa Butter, and Beeswax, all of which are rated 0 by the EWG. Also it's created with fair trade and organic ingredients and comes in recyclable packaging, making it the better choice on many fronts.
I've looked at the ingredients of the salves below and would use any one of them myself. The only one I have used so far is the All Heal Salve by Wiseways and I highly recommend it. I use it on blemishes because it has an olive oil base; I suggest you test out any products containing coconut oil as it causes breakouts in some people (like me).
Give these a try and say goodbye to icky white petrolatum products!
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