Before Neosporin and Substitute for Neosporin
Neosporin is used frequently in America for all kinds of cuts, bruises, and burns. it is an antibiotic cream or jell. When I coached 40 years ago, Neosporin was in the first aid kit. When I coached 20 years ago, it was not in the first aid kit, because some people are allergic to it.I continued to use it in my home with my own children, not thinking anything about adding another antibiotic to their system through the skin.
As a child, my parents and grandparents used Merthiolate, which is the compound thimerosal, that is comprised of mercury and sodium. This kills disease-causing microbes and burns when applied to the skin with an open wound. I remember holding my breath to brace myself before the applicator come out of the dark brown bottle. Now it is still used before medical procedures. Parents today commonly use creams like Neosporin, containing bacitracins.
Do we still want to expose our children to antibiotics for every small cut and/or burn? There are essential oil alternatives. At my home we call it “Boo Boo Spray.’
Add essential oils to a 1oz spray bottle and top of with fractionated coconut oil. Spray on wound for healthy healing.
Also great for relief from itchy bug bites or other skin irritations.