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Do you know about the healing properties of calendula? This herb has been used for centuries to treat a variety of skin conditions. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and is effective in treating wounds, burns, and other skin irritations. In this blog post, we will show you how to make your own calendula salve using only natural ingredients. Calendula also makes an wonderful internal medicine as a tea, check out our post Benefits of Calendula Tea: How to Make It and Why You Should!
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Gathering Materials, You’ll Need:
- Calendula flowers (dried or fresh)
- A carrier oil (we recommend organic unrefined coconut oil)
- A glass jar or tin for storage
Please note: If you are using fresh calendula flowers, you will need to dry them first as water will cause your oils and salves to go rancid.
Choosing a Carrier Oil
A carrier oil is used to “carry” the essential oils and other active ingredients in a salve or cream. The most popular carrier oils are almond oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil. We prefer to use organic unrefined coconut oil in this recipe because it has natural anti-inflammatory properties that work well with calendula.
Once you have gathered your materials, you are ready to start making your salve!
Infusing Your Carrier Oil
The first step is to infuse the oil with the calendula flowers. To do this, simply add the calendula flowers to your carrier oil and let it sit for at least two weeks. The longer you let it infuse, the more potent your salve will be.
Strain Your Infused Oil
After two weeks, strain the calendula flowers from the oil using a cheesecloth or coffee filter. Measure your oil in ounces or cups depending on how much you have after straining.
Measure Your Beeswax
Beeswax is used as a thickening agent in salves and creams. It also helps to seal in moisture and protect the skin. You can adjust the amount of beeswax you place in your salve to change the hardness of your salve. A general rule of thumb is to use around 1 oz of beeswax for every 1 cup or 8 oz of oil. If you prefer a harder or more pliable salve you can adjust this measurement up or down.
Making the Salve
To make your salve, simply combine the infused oil and beeswax in a double boiler or glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Stir until the beeswax has melted, then remove from heat and let cool.
Store Properly and Use As Needed
Once it has cooled, pour into a glass jar or tin and store in a cool, dark place. Your calendula salve is now ready to use! Apply it to your skin as needed to soothe irritations, burns, or wounds. We hope you enjoy this natural remedy! Don’t forget to check out our Benefits of Calendula Tea: How to Make It and Why You Should post!
Do you have a favorite recipe for calendula salve? Share it with us in the comments below!