Making Skin-Healing Calendula Salve

If my skin had a best friend, it would probably be Calendula. Her golden flowers are full of gentle, soothing, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that make her one of my go-to herbs for skin healing remedies. Every few months I like to whip up a batch of Calendula skin healing salve. It's my favorite balm for minor cuts, scrapes, burns, dry skin and other skin complaints and I often find myself giving away extra tins of it.

Because Calendula is suitable for every skin type, it's often used as a base herb in skin care recipes and lotions. I like to include it in facial steams, toners, moisturizers, creams and lip balms. Today I'm sharing the recipe for my favorite all-purpose skin healing salve. To get started, you'll want to prepare a Calendula oil infusion.

Fill a quartz sized jar 1/2 - 2/3 full with dried Calendula flowers. Pour your carrier oil of choice over the flowers until they are completely covered, then add an extra inch or two of oil. For salves and lip balms, I like to use cold pressed, organic extra virgin Olive oil, but if you're going to be using the infused oil in facial skin care recipes too, you might want to use a lighter carrier oil.

I let my oil infusions sit in a sunny spot for 4-6 weeks, but you can also follow a quick infusion method by using heat. Just place your jar in the crockpot on a low heat setting and let it infuse for 3-5 hours. You'll know it's finished when the olive oil takes on the color and aroma of the Calendula. Watch it carefully so the oil doesn't get too hot or burn.

1. Place the beeswax in a double boiler over low to medium heat. I use a glass Pyrex measuring jar inside a small saucepan as my double boiler and it works out great. Just keep an eye on the water level in your pan - I tend to keep it around 2 inches.

2. Once your beeswax is completely melted, stir in the Calendula infused oil. The cooler temperature of the oil may cause some of the beeswax to solidify. If this happens, just keep stirring the mixture until everything is liquid again.

3. When the oil and beeswax are fully melted and combined, remove the mixture from the heat.

4. Add your essential oils and give the mix a good stir. I usually use Lavender [angustifolia], Frankincense, and Myrrh in this recipe, but you could use whatever skin nourishing oils you have on hand. Note: Use only pure, certified organic or sustainably wildharvested essential oils in your recipes. Fragrance oils are not suitable for use on the skin.

5. Pour the finished mixture into your sterilized tins or jars, cover, and let sit until solid. They usually solidify within 20 minutes or so when using shallow tins. Deeper jars may take longer.

6. Label your tins with the ingredients and the date you made your salve.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you decide to make some for yourself feel free to send me a photo! =)

Much love,

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