The Herb Nerd: Homemade Calendula Salve

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My herb and flower garden is looking pretty good these days. I had planted my calendulas from seed and planted them near the house by my tomatoes. They got so crowded out by those spindly veggie plants that I transplanted them into a ‘sun’ in my herb garden. And now they’re starting to bloom! I love to watch their little heads begin to poke out day by day! Pretty soon my ‘sun’ will be ablaze with color.

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Calendula is good for SO many things. Making a salve and keeping it handy throughout the year will no doubt prove to be an endeavor you’ll not only enjoy, but reap the benefits from all year – especially if your kids get boo-boos often! Check out this resume!

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiviral
  • disinfecting and treating minor wounds
  • conjunctivitis
  • cuts, scrapes
  • chapped or chafed skin
  • bruises
  • burns
  • athlete’s foot
  • acne
  • yeast infections
  • bee stings
  • diaper rashes
  • stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks

Try this easy homemade salve. You’ll find it one of the most reached for jars in your home remedy cabinet!

calendula1Ingredients:

2 Cups Calendula Petals (not the entire flower “heads”)

1 Cup Hemp or Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Beeswax Pastilles/Pellets

10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Pour calendula petals into a stainless steel pot, and add oil. Turn on low heat, and stir to combine. Watch for tiny bubbles in the oil to gauge the temperature – it should not get any warmer than the “tiny bubbles stage!” Continue stirring occasionally over the next 2 hours, keeping the oil gently warm.

Meanwhile, begin gently melting the beeswax in the top of a double boiler (don’t let this get too hot; you’ll want it to be a similar temperature as the oil, when you combine the two).

After 2 hours, strain the petals from the oil. (You can use a fine-meshed strainer, tea filters, or cheesecloth.) Squeeze/press out as much of the oil as you can into a bowl. Then slowly pour the oil into the melted beeswax in the double boiler, stirring to combine. Then stir in the drops of lavender essential oil. (The oil acts as a “preservative,” as well as being a healing and calming ingredient.)

Pour the warm oil into small jars/containers, and allow to cool. Avoid using clear glass, if possible. Choose containers (such as white plastic cosmetic containers or amber/cobalt-colored glass jars) that will help protect the salve from sunlight. Store in a cool place.

Do you use calendula salve or cream? Tell us about it in the comments below!


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