A few years ago, I found a company whose products center around a lovely little herb called calendula. “Well, of course,” I thought. “Calendula is an amazing herb!”
I’ve used calendula for things like:
- Pink eye
- Cleaning wounds
- Dry skin
- Diaper rash
- Reducing inflammation
- Nipple cream for breastfeeding
I purchased some samples and tried them out. I liked how they worked, but I couldn’t help but think one thing: I could totally make this myself!
Not that I’m against purchasing quality, ready-made products, but I also like a challenge. Could I make my own calendula balm to soothe irritated skin and heal minor wounds? I was pretty sure I could.
(Also, if this sounds great and you’d like to try some before buying all the ingredients or you just don’t want to make it yourself, you can get some in our shop.)
So I did. And you can, too, because making your own calendula balm is super easy and highly worth the effort.
Make your own Calendula balm
You will need:
- A sauce pan (that can go in the oven)
- Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup calendula petals, tightly packed
- 2 Tbsp beeswax or candelilla wax
- Clean, dry container(s) to store your balm in.
Turn your oven on to 200 degrees, then turn it off. Put the oil in the saucepan and turn your stove to medium heat. Once the oil melts, add the calendula petals and stir them together.
Turn off the stove and put the pan in the oven. Clean up your mess and go have fun for a few hours.
After 3-4 hours, take out the herbs and strain the oil back into your saucepan, on medium heat. Add your wax and let it melt. After I add my initial wax, I like to dip a spoon in and let it cool to see if I like the consistency.
I don’t like my balms very firm so I go with a little less wax. Add more if you don’t like how it feels.
Pour the oil into your container(s) and let it cool. If you check it then and don’t like the consistency, warm the jar in a pan of warm water so that it’s liquid again and add either a little more oil or wax.
What’s your favorite use for calendula?