It’s the secret ingredient in many healing balms and skincare products, and for good reason. Calendula petals are rich in compounds that nourish, hydrate, and support skin healing – they’ve been used for centuries to help with everything from pinkeye and sore throats to skin irritations. But don’t think you need a cut or scrape to make use of it – I use it on my face and love the way it makes my skin glow!
A few weeks ago I shared a super simple method for making calendula infused oil at home, and now I’m going to show you how ridiculously easy it is to make it into an #allthethings salve. By #allthethings I mean I use it as a:
baby bottom balm
bug bite balm
And by easy I mean you can make it while your toddler tries to climb your back like Mount Kilimanjaro. Ask me how I know.
I love the earthy, herbaceous scent of calendula, and truly it’s an ingredient that stands on its own. However, there are several essential oils that can be complementary based on what you are trying to achieve. A few of my favorites are lavender, frankincense, chamomile and tea tree.
Carrot seed essential oil (which is distilled from wild carrots) is thought to be beneficial for supporting skin elasticity and healing, but from what I’ve heard its fragrance can be overpowering. It’s been out-of-stock at the shops I buy from for quite awhile, but it’s finally available again. I just ordered some, so I’ll let you know. 🙂
Gently heat the beeswax in a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler you can use a stainless steel bowl set inside a pot of boiling water.) When the beeswax is melted, add in the calendula oil. Allow it to warm up for 30-60 seconds, then stir until the beeswax and oil are thoroughly mixed. If you’re adding essential oils, wait until the mixture just a little and then stir them in.
Pour your salve into a clean, dry container and allow to cool – I used three of these 2 ounce tins. Now you’re ready for the next bug attack, bee sting, scrape, etc.
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