Salves: Calendula

Hello!

Before summer is over, I want to stock up on all of the herbal remedies we use most (plus some ones I haven’t tried before). If you would like to start (or expand) your herbal medicine cabinet, this series of blog posts is for you!

Here are the salves I want to make:

Calendula: Good for helping to heal cuts and scrapes.

Cottonwood: Good for dry skin and soothing. It smells wonderful!

Plantain: Good for calming bug bites and stings, cuts and scrapes.

Cedar: Is good to rub on your chest when you have a cough or cold.

Comfrey: Healing for minor cuts, bruises and sprains.

DIY Herbal Healing SalveGreat for eczema and psoriasis.

Oregon Grape: Is an antiseptic and aids in the healing of cuts and scrapes.

 

Okay, so for this post we are going to focus on Calendula. It is a beautiful flower, that is either orange, yellow, or almost white. DSC_0866.JPG

We planted some several years ago, and it reseeds itself every year, which is wonderful!

It is an antiseptic, astringent, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, and that’s not even all. We use it for cuts and scrapes, bee stings and bites, rashes, pretty much everything. It’s quite versatile and is a wonderful addition to your medicine cabinet. You can either buy or grow it yourself. It is very easy to grow, and if you don’t have a lot of space you can plant it in a pot.

For your Calendula salve, you will need dried Calendula flowers, oil, and beeswax (you can also add some essential oil if you like such as Lavender). For instructions on how to dry your flowers, infuse your oil, and make your salve, click on the links below.

How to Dry Herbs

How to Infuse Oil

How to Make Salve 

For more salve making tutorials, check back every couple days.

Happy salve making!

~Grace

 

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