DIY Calendula Salve

There are many ways to make a salve!

There are many ways to make a salve!

Salves may seem like a tedious and daunting task to undertake but many of us think that it's way too complicated to do ourselves at home.  The benefits of creating your own skincare products are vast but I'd say the most important point is that you actually know every single ingredient in your product.  Let me show you just how easy making your own salve can be.

Let's go with a simple calendula salve recipe for dry, irritated skin.

Ingredients:

  • Dried calendula flowers
  • Olive oil
  • Beeswax
  • Vitamin E

What to do:

Grab a mason jar and fill it 1/3 full with your dried calendula flowers.  Cover the calendula with the olive oil, enough to cover the flowers so all the herb is completely submerged in the oil.  Put the lid on the jar and give a gentle shake to make sure all the air bubbles are out of your mixture.  

Next, get that old crockpot that you never use out of the panty and put a washcloth on the bottom.  Fill with water and set to "low".  Put your covered mason jar into the crockpot, ensuring there's enough water to submerge the mason jar about half-way.  Let sit with the lid off the crockpot for 24-48 hours to really make sure you're infusing the oil well.  Make sure to keep an eye on it and add water to the crock-pot if needed.

Grab a couple layers of cheesecloth (or clean nylons will work well too) and dump your herbal infusion through the cheesecloth, making sure to catch all your now-medicated oil into a bowl.  Give the herbs in the cheesecloth a good squeeze to get all the oil out, making sure not to burn yourself in the process.  Toss the herbs in the compost - we're done with them now.

Melt the beeswax over a double broiler, enough to equal 1/4 the amount of oil your used for your herbal infusion.  For example, if you used 1 cup of oil to cover the herb, then use 1/4 cup of beeswax.  Once the beeswax is melted, slowly stir in your freshly-extracted warm herbal oil.  You can test the consistency of your solution by pouring a bit onto the back of a teaspoon and letting it cool.  If it's too thin for your liking you can add more melted beeswax.  

Put a few drops of vitamin E oil into your solution and gently stir.

Carefully pour your warm salve mixture into jars of your choosing and let cool.  

And voila!  Your very own, homemade calendula salve.  Pretty easy, right?