I have noticed an increased interest in the herb and flower calendula here at the Country Store. A staple in most herbal medicine cabinets and homemade bath and beauty products, it’s no wonder that this little flower is making its debut this summer. Most commonly used for external healing of the skin, as it has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, makes it a wonderful infused healing oil or salve to apply to the skin. Calendula is most often applied for healing wounds, burns, and scrapes, soothing eczema, relieving diaper rash, as an antiseptic treatment, rejuvenating the skin, and has also been found to soothe radiation treatments.
Before making your calendula salve, you will want to create a calendula infused oil. You can easily learn how to do this in my blog post on making infused oils!
Ingredients & Recipe |
makes 3 to 4 4oz tins
16 oz calendula infused oil
2 oz coconut oil
2 oz beeswax
20 drops rose or lemon essential oil (optional for scent and benefits)
In a makeshift double boiler of an old saucepan inside of a soup pot filled with water, heat the calendula infused oil over medium heat. Stir in the coconut oil and beeswax until melted and thoroughly mixed.
Remove from heat and drop in your essential oils of choice, if using. A good pairing might be rose or lemon for a calming effect.
Pour the salve into a glass jar or small tin with an air tight seal. This recipe can fill about three to four 4 ounce tins.
Allow to cool and solidify. Use as needed!
To use, apply to skin in places that require healing or rejuvenation. This salve is excellent for minor cuts, scrapes, or burns. I personally apply my all purpose healing salve to new wounds and then use calendula salve or oil as the scar tissue is healing to prevent further damage. If you are using this oil for improving skin’s tone and color, apply where needed and gently wipe away with a warm, moist towel. It works wonders on dry hands and feet, chapped lips, or even as a gentle massage!