This is a must have for your kitchen! Calendula salve. I keep mine in a tub on the window sill in my kitchen. I use it almost daily for nicks and cuts and burns in the kitchen. It is safe and gentle and quickly helps heal those pesky little injuries.
Here’s how you can make yours…
- 1 cup fresh or dried calendula flowers
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 1/2 ounces beeswax
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid vitamin E
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
Calendula is very well known for it’s ability to help heal wounds. Lemon essential oil is an antibacterial and an antiviral so that addition can help prevent infection. The vitamin E helps preserve the salve and can repair damage to the skin. The beeswax and the olive oil create the right consistency so that the skin stays moist while healing.
First: Infuse the Oil
In a mason jar, add the calendula and pour the olive oil over top. Make sure that all of the calendula flowers are covered. Leave the jar in a sunny spot for 2-3 weeks so that the calendula will be infused with the olive oil. Every couple of days, shake the mason jar. When infusion is complete, strain out ¾ cup of the liquid and dispose of the solids.
- In a double boiler over low heat, add the infused olive oil and grate the beeswax into it, stirring occasionally.
- When beeswax is melted, remove from heat and stir in the Vitamin E and the Lemon essential oil just until combined.
- Pour the salve into a small glass container and let cool then cover.
- It is best to store the salve in a cool, dark place.
Recipe by Lisa Steele