Calendula. A humble flower, with many uses.
Also known as the pot marigold, calendula is highly favored for its skin healing properties.It is also excellent for sensitive skin, making it perfect for using with babies and children.
Making a salve allows us to harness the calming and anti-inflammatory powers of this wonderful plant.
The best part, it’s easy! I’m not kidding. It really is.
Keeping Calendula Salve on hand will allow you to treat the following ailments:
- Rashes (including diaper rash)
- Chapped lips
- Cuts and scrapes
- Dry skin
- Minor burns
In my opinion, the variety of conditions this little salve treats, makes it a product everyone who is able, should have on hand.
How to Make Calendula Salve
Gather the following ingredients and supplies:
The following method is the “quick” version. (I’ll share the longer version at the end of the post.)
Step One: Put olive oil and calendula petals in a small crockpot and heat on low for approximately three hours.
Step Two: Lay cheesecloth over the top of a glass measuring cup and secure with a rubber band. Slowly pour the olive oil through the cheesecloth so the petals are caught on top and the oil goes through into the measuring cup. (I really do mean go slowly. If you proceed too quickly, the oil will run off the sides! Trust me on this one.)
Step Three: Pour strained oil into a heavy saucepan and turn the heat on low. Add the beeswax and stir occasionally until melted. Add the essential oil and stir to distribute.
Note on essential oil: Some recipes suggest using 40 drops of lavender oil while others only call for 10. I made this version with 10 because it is intended for use with my baby. I will make another batch with 40 drops to use with the rest of the family.
Step Four: Pour into a clean container, leaving uncovered until completely cooled.
Step Five: Cap and label. This salve should last for a year.
To use: Rub a little Calendula Salve on any cuts, scraps, rashes, or dry skin a few times a day.
For diaper rash, use after every diaper change.
This recipe was inspired by the instructions of my friend Michele, and a tutorial found at Mountain Rose Herbs. I decided to use the crockpot instead of the stove top because I am not reliable enough to keep an eye on a pot for two hours (as per Michele’s instructions.) and I didn’t have time to wait for the herbs to step for a week as suggested in the tutorial from Mountain Rose Herbs.
(By the way, Michele has many wonderful recipes for homemade herbal remedies in her lovely e-book: Herbal Nurturing. I highly recommend it.)
The longer version
Place dried calendula petals in a clean jar and pour the olive oil over the top. Close lid tightly and shake to blend. Allow to sit for one to two weeks until the oil turns a golden color.
Strain and follow the above directions.
This longer version is really preferable to the quick version since it uses less heat which will keep more of the natural healing properties of the Calendula flower in tact. If you have time, I’d recommend this version whenever possible.
Have you used Calendula Salve before? If not, would you?
Links to Mountain Rose Herbs are affiliate links. I am a loyal Mountain Rose Herbs customer and have been for many years. I recommend them to you because I use and enjoy their products myself.
This post was originally published on May 31, 2011.