I’ve recently been researching the healing benefits of calendula oil, specifically in salves and creams.
“One of the best reasons to keep calendula handy is due to its healing abilities. If you apply this flower oil to your cuts, scrapes, bruises, and insect bites, you can quickly speed the healing process, partially due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil, in addition to the unique antioxidant compounds found in this miraculous plant. By protecting against infections, it keeps wounds and scrapes safe, allowing them to heal rapidly.” – Source http://www.organicfacts.net
While I’m thankful that no one in our family suffers from any skin conditions. I think a healing cream is nice to have on hand. I’ve been checking different recipes on Pinterest and decided to base my recipe off of different ones I’ve seen on Pinterest. Thankfully, minus the calendula oil I had all of the ingredients I needed on hand. With a quick trip to my local dry goods store they ordered me some and I had it in my hands in a few days. I also purchased some flowers to make my own, however infusion takes at least a month and I really wanted to make some before then.
Here are the ingredients I used [organic is always preferred]
4 tablespoons almond oil
2 tablespoons calendula oil
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons vitamin e oil
1 tablespoon beeswax [on my next batch I’ll likely use 1 more tablespoon of beeswax to create a creamer consistency. So if you want a creamier consistency use 2 full tablespoons.]
1 tablespoon shea butter
5 drops frankincense
5 drops lavender
5 drops tea tree
[should yield about 8 oz]
I decided to begin with only 8oz of creamy salve, knowing it would likely last some time. As always I suggest educating yourself on the benefits of using essential oils. And be sure to know how to safely use them in your home. Knowledge is power, my friends!
I decided to go with Lavender, Frankincense and Tea Tree oils because they are three of my favorites and because they are all safe to use on or around my children. Lavender is a known pain reducer as well as being able to help heal burns and wounds. Frankincense is a known antiseptic and disinfectant and overall is great for our skin and Tea Tree oil is also a powerful antiseptic. A powerful combination in a healing salve!
Just like other recipes I’ve shared you’ll need to melt your oils [minus essential oils] beeswax and shea butter together in a double boiler. I have specific ones containers and pans that I only use for these homemade recipes. Once everything is happily melted together you’ll need to pour it into your clean jar and add your oils. Give it a little stir, place your lid on top and set aside to cool overnight.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe. I’d love to hear if you have your own recipe or if you decide to make this one!