Calendula, also know as marigold or pot marigold, is recognized around the world for its ability to help support the bodies healing process. It is easily grown in most climates, and it’s suggested that you grow your own if possible. So in short these tiny bright orange flowers are not only beautiful but amazing for you!
Benefits of Calendula.
Calendula is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and astringent. Meaning that it is very good for minor cuts, burns, rashes, and bug bites. It is very gentile on the skin and thus can also be used to ease cracking, dryness, and itching. Because of this it is often used in salves, creams, lotions, and soaps. In this blog we will be diving into how to make a calendula salve.
Making Your Calendula Salve.
Making a homemade salve if fairly simple and requires minimal ingredients. Lets start with what you will need.
What You Will Need:
- 1 Cup Calendula infused oil. Check out my blog on making your own herb-infused oils Here.
- 1 oz Beeswax, by weight. I use pellets because they are easier to work with. But you can always use a bar and cut the amount needed off.
- Double boiler or pan. Beeswax is hard to clean so don’t use your favorite pan.
I would suggest having a little extra of both the calendula infused oil and beeswax. This way you can adjust the consistency to exactly how you want your salve to be.
How to Make Your Salve.
- If needed strain you oil and with clean dry hands squeeze as much oil out of the calendula flowers.
- Measure out a little over 1 Cup of your calendula oil.
- Add 1 Cup of your oil to your pan or double boiler.
- On low heat slowly warm your oil.
- Add 1 ounce of beeswax. I do this is stages to make sure the beeswax is completely melted.
- Once you have melted all your beeswax take a spoonful of your mixture out and place in the freezer for a few minutes. This will show you the consistency of your salve.
- If your salve is too firm add a little more oil and retest. If your salve is too soft add a tiny amount of beeswax and retest.
- When you have reached your desired consistency remove from heat and pour into you containers. Make sure to label your containers with the name and date made.
- Let cool and use!
I Personally use this salve all the time. My husband has even taken to using it for his cracked hands and it has worked better than any lotion ever has. I try to keep a tiny container in my purse for on the go boo boos.
There is something about making your own herbal remedies that is very empowering. I hope you all enjoy making and using your calendula salve as much as I do!