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Calendula Ointment/Salve



Calendula officinalis is a great plant and used in many herbal remedy and natural skin products it has many properties and is said to be anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial.   Calendula is very gentle on the skin and may help to ease dryness, cracked skin, and mild itching. It is often used in herbal salves, creams, lotions, and soaps for this reason. It can also be used on minor cuts, scrapes, and burns as well as rashes and insect bites. Perfect as a cream for dry hands and feet. 


Dried Calendula flowers (You can lay them out on an old tea towel or newspaper out of direct sunlight and turn them every day  until they are completely dry may take up to a week dependent on humidity they must be totally dry for this recipe any estra can be stored)
Oil for infusing the flowers (you can use olive, coconut or sweet almond oil or a mixture or whatever you like)
Beeswax (50g per 250ml of infused oil, its not an exact science so can be adjusted as you prefer)


The first step is to make infused Calendula oil. There are many ways to do this, the simplest method is to put the dried flower heads into a jar, cover with oil and leave in a sunny window.
Strain the infused oil through muslin, squeezing out as much of the oil as possible.
Put the infused oil into a double boiler, which can simply be a bowl that fits over a saucepan with an inch or two of water in it. Bring that water to a simmer to gently heat the oil.
Add the beeswax, and stir occasionally until it has completely dissolved.
Carefully pour the hot salve into tins or jars which have been sterilised.
Let the ointment/salve cool completely before use.