Homemade Natural Calendula Salve Recipe

calendula salve

This homemade natural calendula salve recipe is so easy to make and results in a salve with many healing properties.

Calendula is a type of marigold, but not the same marigold that is commonly grown in flower and vegetable gardens. Calendula is an annual or short-lived perennial herb in the daisy family and originates from southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean area.

calendula flowers for calendula salve

Skin Care Benefits of Calendula

According to this article, calendula petals are rich in naturally occurring compounds called flavonoids. These compounds are said to have anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombogenic, antidiabetic, anticancer, and neuroprotective effects. The article also states that calendula has been used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as diaper rash, wounds and other conditions.

How to Make Calendula Salve

To make salves, lip balm, lotions and lotion bars, you need to start with an infused oil.

How to Make an Infused Oil

To make the calendula salve recipe, I started with dried calendula flowers that I ordered from Amazon. Calendula is a flower I do not have at this time. I did order seeds and plant to grow them this summer.

dried calendula flowers for calendula salve

The next step for the diy calendula salve is to make an infused oil with the dried flowers by steeping the dried flowers in a carrier oil. The calendula-infused oil is created by steeping dry calendula flowers in a carrier oil of choice over a period of time. As the dry flowers infuse in the oil (later strained), the natural essential oils in the calendula flowers are drawn out and into the carrier oil. Different kinds of oils can be used including sweet almond oil, safflower oil, avocado oil, sweetgrass oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil.

Add the dried calendula to a glass jar. I like to use a mason jar.

dried calendula in a mason jar

The amount of oil you want will depend on how much salve or other items that you want to make. You will add about twice as much oil as your dried flowers or herbs. For example, you can add the flowers or herbs to a pint jar about halfway and then fill the jar almost to the top. If you want less, you can fill the jar about 1/4 up with herbs and then 1/2 way with oil. Also, you can make more than you plan to use for now and save the additional oil for later.

calendula infused oil for calendula salve

There are several options for making the oil infusion:

Slow infusion method: Just add the lid to the jar and put it away in a dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar every once in a while. You can also put the jar in direct sunlight for a couple weeks to infuse the oil.

Fast double boiler method: Place the jar in a saucepan of a couple inches of hot water and heat the water on low for about 2 hours. Or add the oil and dried herbs or flowers to a double boiler pan and let it simmer but not boil for 1 to 2 hours.

Fast crockpot method: Add your dried herbs or flowers and oil to the crockpot, make sure that the oil covers the herbs. Heat the oil slowly and keep the crockpot on warm. Try to keep the temp between 120-130 F. Let it heat for several hours.

Making the Calendula Salve

The next step to follow these easy instructions to make the homemade calendula salve. First, strain the dried calendula from the infused dandelion oil.

Once you have the strained calendula oil-infusion, add the desired amount to a double boiler, with a small saucepan, then add the beeswax and shea butter. My measurements are 1 cup infusion oil to 2 Tbsp. beeswax and 1 Tbsp. shea butter. I used 1/2 cup infusion oil to 1 Tbsp. beeswax and 1/2 Tbsp. shea butter for the lavender salve. It made 2 2-oz tins. A lot of recipes for salves that I have seen use measurements in grams and oz. I feel it is easier with simple measurements and the salve turned out great.

Stir until the beeswax pellets and shea butter melt.

stirring the beeswax and shea butter into the calendula infused oil to make the calendula salve

When the beeswax and shea butter are melted, pour the mixture, which will be in liquid form, into 2- ounce tin or 2 ounce jars. Option is to add essential oils or scents and also to add mica powder for color.

pouring liquid calendula salve into the tins
liquid calendula salve in the tins

Let the salve set and set up. It does not take very long for it to harden.

calendula salve

Enjoy!

Enjoy making and using your own calendula salve made from natural ingredients and dandelions from your yard. It is very easy to make small batches of these salves from simple ingredients. The diy salve would also make a lovely gift!

I have made other flower and herbal homemade salves including  salve from purple nettlesalve made from lavender and a salve made from sage and also peony salveelderflower salvewhite clover salveyarrow salve and lilac salve from flowers. I have also made some flower and herbal lotion bars including lotion bars from rose petals and lotion bars from sagelilac and peony.

See my website at www.HawkPointHomestead.com to learn more and for additional made from nature recipes, such as my flower jellies including my dandelion jelly reciperedbud jelly recipelilac jelly recipe peony jelly and apple blossom recipe.

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calendula salve

Calendula Salve Recipe

Yield: 4 2-oz tins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This recipe for homemade calendula salve is so easy and makes a delightful salve that can be used to sooth, heal and moisturize skin.

Ingredients

  • Dried calendula flowers and a Carrier Oil, which can include sweet almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil, to make your infused oil
  • 1 cup of the infused oil
  • 2 Tbsp. beeswax
  • 1 Tbsp. shea butter
  • Optional: Essential oil of your choice
  • Optional: Mica Powder for Color

Instructions

  1. Create the calendula-infused oil with the dried calendula flowers and the carrier oil- See Notes
  2. Heat the infused oil in a double boiler
  3. Add the beeswax and shea butter
  4. Heat and stir until the beeswax and shea butter are completely melted
  5. Pour the liquid into 2 oz tins or jars
  6. Optional: Add essential oil of your choice, Add mica powder for color
  7. Let the salve set up

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