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Using Beeswax to Make Calendula Salve
Crafting homemade products with beeswax is one of the most exciting things about being a beekeeper – at least for me. Beeswax is a natural wax that is used in a wide variety of projects. One popular recipe involves using beeswax to make herbal calendula salve.
The moisturizing properties of beeswax makes it a perfect partner to healing infused calendula oil. We beekeepers often have extra beeswax on hand. However, you don’t have to be a beekeeper to enjoy working with beeswax. It’s time to break out your creative genius and make some diy Calendula Salve with Beeswax.
What is a Salve?
Salves are one of the easiest diy products to make at home. They are well suited for skin care because they are very shelf stable. These mixtures of waxes and oils contain little water and will stay in a semi-solid state for a long while without spoiling.
Making Calendula Salve is a common project for those who enjoy making natural remedies. An herbal Calendula salve contains beeswax, shea butter and oil with a bit of infused calendula oil.
Benefits of Calendula
Calendula is one of the easiest herbs to grow. Known for its daisy like colorful flowers, it is used in many gardens for its beauty. Some gardeners have no idea at the medicinal qualities of this special flower.
The herbal plant, Calendula officinalis, is also called “pot marigold”. But it is not the same as the border marigolds we are all familiar with. While in the same flower family, they are not medicinally the same.
Calendula officinalis is a common home treatment for minor skin abrasions, burns, cuts or bruises. It is a common ingredient in various skin soothing balms and salves.
Parts of the flower head are actually edible and full of anti-oxidants. There are so many ways to use this special plant. And if that was not enough to entice you on the value of calendula, bees love calendula flowers too!
How to Make Infused Calendula Oil
Before we can make our herbal calendula salve using beeswax, we need some infused calendula oil. When making infused oil, it is best to use organic herbs known to be free of pesticides.
There are 2 methods for making the infused calendula oil. Harness the power of the sun – this is the slow method or use a heat source to infuse the oil.
If you are not in a hurry, place a cup of dried calendula flowers in a glass jar. Fill the jar with enough olive oil to cover the flowers. Put a lid on the jar and sit it in a sunny window.
Each day go by and gently shake the jar enough to mix the contents. In 4-6 weeks, you have infused calendula oil.
The faster method is the use a heat source such as a crock pot. Use a crock pot plastic liner for easy clean up. Place a layer of dried calendula flowers in the bottom and add just enough olive oil to cover the flowers.
Leave the crockpot on low for 24 hours, and you have some beautiful aromatic infused calendula oil. Remove the oil and strain to remove all flower petals.
Now the oil can be stored on the counter – (or in the refrigerator) for several months. Adding a little vitamin E oil will prolong storage.
- 1 oz (net wt) infused calendula oil – (calendula flowers – olive oil)
- 1 oz net wt Beeswax
- double boiler
- extra calendula flowers (optional)
- Jars or tins
How to Make Herbal Calendula Salve
Time needed: 4 hours.
Step by step instructions to make calendula salve with beeswax at home.
- Melting Beeswax Safely
Melt your beeswax in a double boiler or similar set up. This is the safest way to melt beeswax.
Beeswax has a low melting temp but the process can be a bit slow. Give it time to melt.
- Slowly Add Infused Calendula Oil
It is time to add the infused calendula oil that we made earlier. Lower the heat setting because you do not want your infused oil to be subjected to higher temperatures than are necessary.
You will need 1 oz (net wt) infused calendula oil for this recipe. Slowly add the infused oil to the beeswax mixture.
Because the oil is cooler than the wax, you will notice the wax beginning to harden. That’s okay, just keep stirring and everything will reliquefy.
- Pour Into Containers
Once all ingredients are combined and melted, remove from heat. Pour into small containers of your choice. You can use tins or glass jars.
If you are using glass, temper them first (heat with hot water from the faucet.) This prevents glass breakage due to pouring the hot mixture into a cold glass.
- Add Flowers – Let Cool
Once the surface of the calendula salve has started to set, you can sprinkle a few dried flower petals on top for looks.
Set your containers aside in a safe location and allow them to cool overnight or at least 6 hours. Then your homemade herbal calendula salve will be set and ready to use.
- Label Your Creation
Don’t forget to label the container. Otherwise, you may be like me and find yourself thinking… now what was this?
How to Use Homemade Calendula Salve
Use only for minor skin irritations. When in doubt always consult your physician as anyone can be allergic to anything. Clean the affected area and gently apply a light coat of herbal calendula salve 2 times a day as needed.
Looking for a Vegan Alternative to Beeswax
If you are vegan and do not wish to use beeswax, simply swap out the beeswax for carnauba wax.
Final Thoughts on Making Calendula Salve with Beeswax
Homemade products are so much fun to make and most are quite easy too. Enjoy your Beeswax Calendula Salve and if you have a little extra beeswax left over – there are some other products you can make and enjoy.