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Several years ago I found this recipe on the blog Mrs Happy Homemaker. Recently I finally had a chance to make some myself! It was really easy and I actually had most of the ingredients on hand. Those that I didn’t I was able to purchase at Mountain Rose Herbs.Homemade Neosporin

 

Ingredients
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup dried comfrey
¼ cup dried calendula
2 oz beeswax
2 Tbsp honey (optional)
10 drops of essential lavender oil (optional)
Small jars or tins (I used small tins)

The recipe makes about one cup and a little goes a long way so find small containers to store it in.

shredding the beeswax

Instructions
In a medium pot combine the coconut oil, olive oil, dried comfrey and the dried calendula. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Strain the herbs from the oil using a coffee filter or some cheesecloth. Discard the herbs. Be warned the oil is VERY hot and if you pour it into a plastic coffee filter it will melt the filter and you will have to start over!ingredients

Wipe any remaining herbs from the pot you’ve used so the pot is clean and add the oil back to the pot. Turn the heat to medium and stir in the honey until completely combined. Then, add the beeswax stirring until completely melted. Mix in the lavender essential oil.

Carefully pour the mixture into your containers. Stir is occasionally while it cools to ensure even settling. Once the mixture is set seal the containers.homemade Neosporin

Mrs Happy Homemaker says this works for all minor cuts, scrapes and minor burns. It also works well on diaper rash and eczema. I would deftly encourage you to use the honey as honey has remarkable healing powers! My husband scraped his hand right after my mixture had cooled. He used some on his scrape and it really helped! I have enough small tins to carry one in my purse, the car, in our backpack when hiking! Plenty to go around!Homemade Neosporin

(note: if you have a serious injury such as broken bones or severed fingers or other extreme injuries go to the hospital to be treated)

 

I love appetizers that can be made ahead and just pulled out as the company arrives. This simple recipe makes 4-6 servings depending on appetites!Appetizers

Ingredients:

1 (7-8 oz) package of feta cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp minced shallot
½ tsp chopped fresh oregano
1 pound of large cherry tomatoes
12 pitted Kalamata olives, halved lengthwise.

Toss the cubed Feta, oil, shallot and oregano in a small bowl.

Cut 12 tomatoes in half crosswise. Scoop out the tomato pulp. Place tomatoes; cut side up on your serving platter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stuff hollowed cherry tomatoes with marinated Feta. Slide an olive half alongside the cheese. Drizzle with additional olive oil. Do ahead, cover and let chill.

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta

There are several basic items you should have in your pantry. With these few essential ingredients on hand you’ll always be able to whip up a meal quickly.

Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Spices
Canned Tuna
Canned Beans
Chicken Broth
Tomato Paste
Jarred Marinara Sauce
Red & White Wine
Rice
Pasta
All-Purpose Flour
Sugar
Potatoes
Garlic & Onions

In your refrigerator keep on hand:

Butter
Milk
Eggs
Plain Yogurt
Parmesan Cheese
Dijon Mustard
Carrots
Lemons

This is a basic list from which you can expand as your pantry grows.

I’ve mentioned the benefits of vinegar before. Olive Oil also has many uses such as for cooking, greasing pans and making salad dressings. Did you know it has many valuable uses beyond cooking?Olive oil, prudent pantry, prudent living

Olive oil has been used for centuries for personal care. It is a great skin moisturizer, in part because it contains linoleic acid, a compound not made by the body, but which prevents water from evaporating. Consuming olives and olive oil can promote healthy skin, as can applying it directly as a moisturizer. You can also add olive oil to a warm bath for a good healthy soak.oil, prudent pantry

Olive oil also has benefits for hair. Comb a bit through dry or frizzy hair to help tame and moisturize your hair especially in the winter or on humid days. In the book Clean Body, Michael de Jong suggests treating your hair by kneading a few tablespoons of olive oil into your scalp and hair. “Swathe your oiled-up curls with a shower cap and take a thirty minute breather. Then just shampoo as usual to reveal a refurbished mane that even Fabio would envy”, he writes.

A number of people use olive oil as a natural remedy for earaches. One suggestion is to “very carefully use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the outside ear cavity to help with earaches and excess wax.” Another suggestion is to heat up some olive oil in a microwave for 30 seconds and then apply to the ear that hurts for relief.

According to curbly.com, add a teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food to help prevent hairballs, as well as to promote a shiny, healthy coat. Olive oil is likely to be gentler on a cat’s system than petroleum-based anti-hairball lubricants. Plus, it has the benefit of coming from a renewable resource, as opposed to oil from the ground.

However you decide to use your olive oil it is definitely something to keep stocked in your pantry!

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