When it comes to minor skin irritations it is important to first wash the area thoroughly to prevent any possible infection, then apply a topical first aid ointment as a barrier to keep the area protected from bacteria. Some ointments work by soothing irritated skin while others work to actually pull out a foreign object that may be beneath the surface of the skin, such as splinters. Here are my top 5 picks for topical first aid ointments:
Baar Balm is specially formulated with all natural ingredients that work together to soothe and protect the skin’s surface. It works great on minor cuts and abrasions, hives, dry, chapped skin, insect bites, minor burns and other skin irritations. Baar Balm is made with the healing power of Castor Oil with the addition of soothing Menthol, Eucalyptol, Pine Needle oil, Camphor, Clove oil and Methyl Salicylate in a natural base of Mutton Tallow and Beeswax.
Iodex with 4.7% iodine, has been available since 1910 and has been a trusted part of the family home medicine chest since then. Iodex promotes healing painlessly through the slow release of iodine and does not cause any stinging or burning when applied. As long as this salve remains in contact with body tissues in minor cuts, wounds and abrasions, the iodine gradually separates from the molecule of the carrier and inhibits the growth and action of bacteria.
Atomidex® contains 2% Iodine, which acts as an antiseptic when applied to minor cuts, wounds and abrasions. Iodine has long been in use as an antibacterial agent and a skin disinfectant. Discovered in 1811, Iodine gained widespread popularity during the American Civil War, where it was used liberally to treat the wounds of soldiers.
Ichthammol Ointment is an advanced drawing and anti-itch salve for external use. Recommended for application to plant irritations such as nettles or poison ivy, treating insect bites and stings from mosquitoes, spider and bees, and drawing splinters and slivers. Provides soothing relief for ingrown toenails and minor skin irritations. Edgar Cayce recommended this first aid ointment for skin tenderness or breaking of tissue, abrasions and as the “best application for bed sores.”
Cuticura Ointment is the original formula enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. This world renowned ointment (since 1865) is helpful for temporary soothing relief of pain and itching associated with minor burns, sunburn, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites and minor skin irritations.
Applying a first aid ointment as the initial line of defense may help to promote faster healing of a wound. While there are many first aid ointments and creams available today, it is important to choose one which covers all the bases and suits your needs. Have you tried and had great success with any of the above first aid ointments? Please share your healing experiences with us!
Bruce Baar, MS, ND | © Baar Products, Inc., 2017