Got a scrape or cut? Austin company wants you to rub some Curoxen on it

This could be a good one to add to your first aid kit, something you should restock regularly. Back to school time is a great time to do so.

Austin company OrganiCare has taken an Old World remedy for scrapes and cuts that Italians have been using for centuries and turned it into a modern product. Curoxen is oxygenated olive oil, calendula extract and lavender essential oils packaged into a tube. You would use it just like you use a product like Neosporin.

The problem with products like Neosporin, OrganiCare Chief Operating Officer Caroline Goodner says, is that they have antibiotics in them. (Neosporin has neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B sulfate, and bacitracin zinc.) Doctors now worry about the overuse of antibiotics and the resistance to them that follows. “The medical community has said (of our antibiotics use), ‘If can reduce it, we should, and we should only use it when we really need it,'”  Goodner says.

Curoxen allows families to choose a natural non-antibiotic product to put on their cuts instead.

But does it really work? Goodner says OrganiCare had Curoxen tested by Nelson Laboratories against other products including Neosporin, Polysporin, Bacitraycin Plus, Vaseline, Curad Silver, Terrasil and Calendula. Based on those results, Goodner says, Curoxen kills five times more bacteria including MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) than the other products.

OrganiCare began selling Curoxen in February and it’s now available at H-E-B and Amazon for about $12.99 a tube. You also can get it with pain relief of Arnica for $14.99.

One thing you do need to know about it: Because it’s all natural and doesn’t contain petroleum, the gel turns to liquid in temperatures above 78 degrees. You can keep it at a hotter temperature, though. (Like in your first aid kit in your car). It will still work in liquid form, but it might be messier. If you want it to go back to gel form, pop it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

We did test it out on a popped blister and a scraped knee and had no complains other than the liquidity (It had been in the car).

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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