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?
wow so love this and going to do it! Got some candula seeds and been meaning to grow them for ages and ages and ages, they are so easy to grow too and colourful!
I love this idea I have bad dermatitis on my hands the itch drives me insane, it cleared up when I went to hopsital to give birth but came back so now wearing gloves, I have 3 little boys 4,15 mnths and newborn (premmie) so this will be great for them too and u know exactly what goes into it as even the so called ones labelled organic arent always when u read what is in it!! Thankyou!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ice can provide the fastest relief from swelling or itching due to skin rash. Rub the affected area with ice cubes, to reduce the irritation and lower the blood circulation. This is the most effective and convenient home remedy for treating common skin rash. Thank you for sharing.
Making this right this moment! I recently bought some calendula petals to start using in my skin balms & was looking for a versatile recipe! I’m planning on using it around my 2-year old daughter’s mouth (she has had a “drool rash” for over a year now, and although I still refuse to put the chemical cream her dr prescribed RIGHT NEAR HER MOUTH, nothing else has worked 🙁 I think the rash persists because she is a thumb-sucker). Do you think this will work for that? Or do you have any suggestion for anything else I should add? I have tons of oils, herbs, and such….
Thanks for all of your great posts!
I think it can help, Veronica. You could also try this: https://shalommama.com/multi-purpose-herbal-healing-ointment-recipe
Thanks, Nina! I’ll give both a shot 🙂
I am new to your site and love love it already, It’s like opening a Christmas present…So excited to learn more…
How long would this last? Should this be stored in the fridge or at room temp?
I store it in a cool place, as the wax and coconut oil will melt pretty easily. Mine has lasted over six months.