Calendula salve is the first salve I ever made so I can attest to how beginner friendly it is & how useful it is to have around the house. It soothes sunburns, dry/itchy skin and is anti-fungal. I was astounded by the prices of calendula salve online & in retail shops, so if it is something you use I really encourage you to make your own as not only will it save you money, the feeling of having created your own product and knowing the origin of each ingredient is well worth it.
So first, make sure to check out my post about making calendula oil as that is the essential first step. Once you have a calendula infused oil its just a few simple steps before its turned into a luscious salve.
1 cup of calendula oil
1/4 cup of grated beeswax
3-4 salve tins (I purchase mine from here)
4-6 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
- Over a double boiler slowly heat the calendula oil.
- Add in the grated beeswax and stir gently (I tend to just swirl the saucepan around to allow it to blend)
- To test if you like the consistency, put a spoon with some of the salve into the freezer for a minute or two. If you want a firmer slave just grate slightly more beeswax into the mixture, if you want it softer you can add more oil.
- If you want some lavender in your salve now is the time to add a few drops, depending on how strong you want it to be.
- Pour the mixture into the tins and let it cool for a an hour or two.
- Put the lids on the jars and store in a dark, cool place. These should last at least a year.
Additional info: Sometimes I want plain calendula salve & some tins with lavender. So I pour the plain salve in first, then bring the pan back to the heat to ensure it is still a smooth liquid consistency, add the lavender and pour the rest of the mix into other tins. It takes a minute but you will have best of both worlds.
See how easy that was? And if that inspires you, I recommend checking out my favourite herbal beginners book by Rosemary Gladstar that has many recipes and also teaches you how to grow wonderful herbs in your garden that you can turn into teas, tinctures, salves and balms.