Updated: Jan 3, 2020
My dry winter skin is rejoicing! This week, I made a delightful and soothing calendula salve that you can easily make at home. You'll need:
3/4 cup of calendula infused oil (see here)
1 ounce (28 grams) of beeswax (I used pellets)
Essential Oil (optional)
Saucepan / Glass Jar to make a double boiler
Sterilized container for storing.
1. Create a double boiler by placing a saucepan over medium heat with 2-3 inches of water.
2. Pour calendula oil into a heat-proof, glass jar (a large measuring jar with a spout is recommended)
3. Place the glass jar into the saucepan and allow the oil to warm.
4. Once the oil is warm, add beeswax pellets and stir until completely dissolved. If using beeswax bricks, separate into smaller pieces - the smaller the particles the quicker it will dissolve in the oil.
5. Once the beeswax dissolves and everything is blended add 10-15 drops of an essential oil (if using) and remove from heat. I particularly like the addition of lavender essential oil.
6. Quickly pour into a sterilized container and allow to set. A salve is a semi-solid / solid product depending on temperature. When it is completely set it will be firm to the touch, but will quickly melt under the temperature of your finger.
Aside from its moisturizing properties and ability to soothe dry, irritated skin, calendula is an antiseptic and is helpful in treating wounds and acne. Make some for yourself, or give as gifts. It does not disappoint.