Calendula Salve

October 21, 2014 lisa63 herbsmiscellaneousrecipes

Calendula

Calendula Flowers

Now that the Calendula has been picked and dried, it’s time to make some salve.  Calendula salve is a fantastic all purpose salve to have around the house.

Calendula is highly favored for its skin healing properties.  It is excellent for sensitive skin and has no known precautions.  Calendula is calming and an anti-inflammatory. It is used for lip balms, salves, creams, teas, tinctures, infusions, compresses, and washes.

It is used to treat a variety of conditions, including rashes (even diaper rash), chapped lips, cuts and scrapes, dry skin, eczema, bruises, and minor burns.

When I make Calendula salve I also make a Calendula and Comfrey salve.  These two herbs combined are highly effective in problem skin care. But Comfrey is not be ingested, so I take care to keep my infused oils clearly labeled so as not to get them confused.  Labeling and dating is one of the most important aspects of herbal remedies.  This is the first lesson any new herbalist will learn.

HEALING PROPERTIES OF CALENDULA:

Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties.  It useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, bruises, dry skin, burns, athlete’s foot, bee stings, and much more.  It also stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and help with stretch marks.  It is gentle enough for babies and animals.  Calendula infused water can be used as a gargle to help with sore throats and mouth sores.

HOW TO INFUSE CALENDULA FLOWERS:

Infused Oil:  Organic Olive Oil and dried Calendula flowers.

  • Place the dried Calendula flowers in a clean pint jar about 3/4 full.
  • Pour enough Olive Oil into the jar to cover the flowers by at least an inch.  The flowers will expand in the oil.  Cap the jar tightly.
  • Place the jar in a warm sunny place and shake at least once per day.
  • After 4-6 weeks, strain out the herbs using cheesecloth.  Pour the infused oil into jars.
  • Store in a cool, dark place.

 

Calendula Salve

Calendula Salve

CALENDULA SALVE RECIPE:

  • 4 oz. infused Calendula herbal oil (from recipe above)
  • 1/2 oz. beeswax
  • 20 drops Organic Lavender Essential Oil (Optional, see below)

Melt the beeswax and Calendula oil in a double boiler.  Once the wax is melted, pour into small jars or tins.  I use 2 oz. tins which are convenient to carry and store.   Allow to cool completely before capping the jars/tins.

OPTIONAL:  20 drops of Organic Lavender Essential Oil can be added to the melted mixture before it is poured into the jars or tins. Lavender also has wonderful healing properties.

Happy salve making,

Lisa :)

 

 

 

 


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