Welcome to the season of sunburns, bug bites, and gardeners hands. Calendula is a wonderful little golden bloom that offers anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties for the skin, among other things. It also hosts many benefits when consumed internally, but I’ll focus on skin here.
It is beneficial for dry skin, inflamed skin (sunburn!!!), can help with sprains and bruises, can help with diaper rash, is great for healing minor wounds, and even can be beneficial for eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Making herbal salves it super simple. There are various methods.. I’ve use solar infusions, double boiling, even in a crockpot on warm. I used a double boiler method for this recipe.
- 1/2 cup Calendula petals (I get mine here)
- 1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup candelilla wax (most folks recommend beeswax, but I prefer to leave that for the bees!)
Heat a double boiler on the stove, keeping at a low simmer.
Pour olive oil and calendula into the top pot. Do not put the wax in yet!
Allow calendula to infuse into olive oil for 2-3 hours in double boiler. Remember to check your bottom pot to be sure it still has water every 20-30 minutes or so! Keep the water in the bottom pot at a low simmer, if it’s a rolling boil, it will just evaporate quicker, not necessarily infusing the oil any better.
After the necessary amount of time for infusion, strain calendula petals out of oil, using a spoon to squeeze any excess oil out of the petals. You can now compost the petals.
Pour the infused oil back into the top pot of the double boiler, and add candelilla wax. Stir until wax is melted and well incorporated.
Pour salve into glass or metal containers and allow to cool, then cover and label.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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