If you love making natural products, you will love learning how to make calendula salve. This soothing balm can be used to treat a variety of minor skin irritations. One of the key ingredients in this recipe is beeswax. Beeswax adds many valuable attributes to homemade salve. Making your own calendula salve allows you to customize the recipe to your specifications.
Make Your Own Herbal Calendula Salve
What is a Salve? Salves are one of the easiest diy products to make at home. The group includes, creams and ointments too. 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 an easy project for those who enjoy making natural remedies.
- olive oil
- calendula flowers
What is so special about this colorful flower? Actually, 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.
Most gardeners have no idea about 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 anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-microbial, and astringent.
This makes is a good ingredient to include 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!
The moisturizing properties of beeswax makes it a perfect partner to use in skin healthy products. It is easy to melt and work with and help seal in skin moisture.
In this recipe, we are going to combine it with infused calendula oil. This will give us a perfect consistency for our salve. You don’t have to be a beekeeper to enjoy working with beeswax.
You can purchase clean wax that is ready to go. If you purchase raw beeswax locally, make sure to clean the wax before getting started. It’s time to break out your creative genius and make some diy Calendula Salve with Beeswax.
Vegan Alternative to Beeswax
If you are vegan and do not eat honey and do not wish to use beeswax, simply swap out the beeswax and substitute carnauba wax.
How to Make Calendula Oil
Before we can make our calendula salve using beeswax, we need some infused 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.
- 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 bright sunny windowsill – but not in direct sunlight.
- Each day – 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. This process is very similar to my recipe for plantain salve.
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.
How to Use
This homemade Calendula salve is perfect for scrapes, rashes and minor skin irritations. It is not for use on deep wounds. 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. It is very soothing to dry skin.
More Salve Making Ideas
What about those stuffy noses around cold and flu season? This all natural Beeswax Vapor Rub recipe might be just the thing.
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.
Everyone loves making beeswax lip balm. It is very inexpensive and you can use many different essential oils and flavors too.
For a really luxurious skin soother, try making this whipped body butter. It is wonderful and pretty too!
Calendula Salve Recipe
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- Infusing Calendula Oil: Let’s begin by making our own infused calendula oil. If you buy some ready-made, you can skip this part.Place enough dried calendula flowers in the bottom of a crockpot to cover the bottom in a single layer. Add enough olive oil to just cover the flowers.Let steep on low for 24 hour. Now use a strainer or equivalent to strain the leaves out of the oil mixture.
- Making the salve: 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.
- Adding oil: It is time to add the infused calendula oil that we made earlier. Lower the heat setting to simmer 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 and 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:Don’t forget to label the container. Otherwise, you may be like me and find yourself thinking… now what was this?