Learn how to make calendula salve – a skin-friendly salve that’s perfect for supporting healthy skin for pets, kids and adults.
This week on the blog, I’m going to share some ways that you can use calendula. Calendula is a really beautiful flower that is very easy to grow from seed.
For several years, I had calendula growing in my front and back yard. It absolutely loved the warm, sunny weather in Phoenix.
Calendula is such a wonderful skin healer and perfect for using in a skin healing salve for kids and pets.
By collecting the flowers and allowing them to infuse in oil, you can extract the powerful qualities. Then use that oil to make salve, lotion, soap, or balm.
How to Make Calendula Infused Oil
To make calendula infused oil, you’ll want to allow your calendula flowers to dry. You can use fresh herbs, but the water content will be higher, and it may increase the chance of spoilage in your final salve.
To dry your flowers, spread them in a single layer on a paper towel and allow them to dry, undisturbed, for a week or two.
Fill your jar 1/2 full with dried calendula flowers. Then pour your choice of oil over them – olive oil, sunflower or even almond oil, and fill it to the top.
Cap the jar and store it in a cool place for several weeks, shaking each day before you strain and use. Or, if you are looking to infuse your oil more quickly, set the jar in a pan or pot of water over low heat. Over the course of several hours, infuse the oil and then remove the pan from the heat.
That’s it! Now you can make Calendula Salve!
Calendula salve is perfect for supporting healthy skin, and treating things like:
- dry skin
- bug bites
- scratches and scrapes
- diaper rash
Calendula Salve Recipe
To make calendula salve you will need:
- 5 oz calendula infused oil
- 1.25 oz beeswax pellets
Add the calendula infused oil to a heat safe cup (a canning jar works well). Cover and set into your pan of water – do not allow the water to get into the jar.
On low/medium heat, allow the wax to melt. Remove from the heat and pour into tins – this batch above will make (3) 2 oz tins. You can pick up tins from Amazon.
If you would like to make labels, Avery 2″ kraft labels work beautifully on these tins and can be designed and printed on your home computer.
Don’t want to make Calendula Salve yourself? You can find it available here, for purchase.
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