Making Calendula Salve

Calendula BALM

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup calendula infused oil *see note
  • 30g Beeswax
  • Lavender essential oil (optional)
  • You’ll also need sterilized jars, a fine sieve strainer, and a small pot

METHOD

  1. Heat the calendula infused oil in the small pot on a low to medium heat until warm (not hot). If your oil has been solar infusing for more than 2 weeks, you don’t need to leave it on the heat for very long, but if you haven’t managed to solar infuse the oil, you can leave the oil gently warming for about 20 minutes to half an hour to heat infuse some more of the calendula goodness.
  2. When the oil is warm, strain out the leaves, and add your beeswax (I have found grated beeswax melts faster) and gently stir until it is all melted together.
  3. If you are using essential oil, add it now, stirring all the while to keep the ingredients well combined.
  4. Pour into sterilized jars
  5. When cooled, seal your balm, and use when necessary on bruises, sprains, strains, stiffness and even eczema.

NOTE

To make a solar infused calendula oil, pick some calendula petals and place in a wide-necked jar. Pour enough oil over your petals to submerge them, shaking gently to release air bubbles, and leave in a sunny spot to infuse for up to 2 weeks.

To make a heated or warm infusion, put your calendula petals and oil in a double boiler and warm through for 20 to 40 minutes.



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