Calendula makes a wonderful all-purpose salve for your home remedies kit. It is soothing and healing to the skin, and indispensable for chapped lips and hands, wind or sun burnt skin, scrapes and bruises, and scar prevention. Calendula is anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, vulnerary, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.
- 25g dried whole Calendula officinalis flowers
- 250ml organic oil (grapeseed, almond, olive, etc)
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E or poplar bud oil (preservative)
- 1oz natural beeswax, grated
- essential oil, optional
Step 1: Infuse the oil
In a blender combine whole calendula flowers, organic oil, and vitamin E or poplar bud oil. Blend until combined. If using a Vitamix continue blending for about 5 minutes or until oil mixture becomes quite warm, then strain through muslin to remove plant material from the oil. If using a regular blender or food processor, pour blended oil mixture into a double boiler and gently warm for the day to infuse, then strain.
Step 2: Add the beeswax
Place infused oil in double boiler and warm gently. Add grated beeswax, a small amount at a time, stirring until dissolved.
Step 3: (Optional) Add essential oil
To add essential oil to your salve place 10-30 drops in the bottom of each 50ml salve jar and pour warmed salve over top to fill jar. Essential oil of lavender compliments wound healing and scar prevention.
You can also add decorative flowers into the salve during its liquid stage, try sprinkling in dried lavender or calendula petals for fun.
Step 4: Fill the jars
Pour warmed salve into clean dry glass jars and seal.
Always label your jars! Every label should include the common and latin name of the herb used, the type of oils used and other ingredients, where the salve was made or where the herbs were gathered, the month and year. Salves keep a minimum of 2 years if left out of direct sunlight.