I went to massage school in my early twenties and soon became fascinated with reflexology and herbalism. But time wears down enthusiasm and memory, so I finally signed up for an herbal course online as a refresher. I’m going through it extremely slowly, so slowly I may need to ask for an extension, but I’ve been getting that giddy feeling of excitement which grows with each new herbal craft I make at home.
I made a base batch of calendula salve and passed a bunch out to family members. My little tin goes everywhere with me, which I use on bug bites, chapped lips and any dry patch there is!
HOW IT WORKS
Calendula is often known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with oil and beeswax, the only two other ingredients I used, it is safe and soothing to apply topically to any inflamed skin; whether it is diaper rash or mosquito bites.
Calendula has other actions as well, some of which are anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, and astringent. As an emmenagogue, it is also used to assist with menstruation. A member of the Asteraceae family, it is easy to grow and a lovely addition to the garden.
HOW TO MAKE
I used a very easy recipe from Herbal Academy. I got the recipe initially in course work from the online class I’m taking, but another version can be found on their website (click here).
It’s a two-step process, at least the method I used, because you need to first infuse oil with dried calendula flowers. I like to let it sit at least a month before I strain it. Once you have calendula oil, you’re ready to make your calendula salve!
Calendula oil + Beeswax = Calendula Salve
It’s really that simple!
You put beeswax (I used 1 ounce) in a double boiler and then add calendula oil (I used 1 cup).
Blend them together and then pour into containers of choice. I used four small tins and two larger plastics containers. This ratio came out hard but it’s also been in the 60s here so it will melt when the hot summer days show up.
I’m already curious about how to make it next time; if I should use a mixture of oils or add in extra herbs. In fact, I may try Traditional Medicinals Lavender Calendula Coconut Salve next!
Calendula is helpful in many forms, and this year I planted a bunch of seeds. Hopefully, a few will survive and I’ll be able to make recipes with homegrown flowers! For more herbal recipes featuring calendula, I’d check out Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal, it is still one of my favorites.
Do you have a favorite calendula recipe? Share below!
Next Friday’s post will be some photos and tips from my first solo trip to Acadia National Park from this past winter.
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