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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Chamomile and Calendula Salve Recipe

To make this salve, you first need to make the oil infusion. I used a mixture of apricot kernel oil and grapeseed oil. I wanted oils that absorb nicely without leaving one feeling greasy. It is also great for the little ones. I made the oil the quick way, in a double-boiler. See my other salve recipes for the various methods of infusing oils. I made enough infused oil to put away for other recipes.

For this oil, I used:
  • 4 oz. Apricot Oil
  • 4 oz. Grapeseed Oil
  • 4 oz. Coconut Oil
  • 2 oz. dried Chamomile
  • 2 oz. dried Calendula
I had infused these oils for hours in my crock pot. Use your favorite method. Strain well.

Measure out 4 oz of the oil. Set aside. Bottle the remainder of of the oil and label for future use, unless you are making a larger batch of salve.

Chamomile and Calendula Salve

  • 4 oz. of the Chamomile and Calendula Infused Oils
  • 1/2 oz. Beeswax

optional: 10 drops lavender essential oil

Put the beeswax into a double-boiler, if you have one. Otherwise, a small non-aluminum pot. Over low heat, gently melt the beeswax while stirring, taking it off the stove when it is almost all melted.
Keep stirring while adding the infused oil. Mix well. You may need to put it back on the stove for a moment if the beeswax and oils are too far apart in temp and the beeswax hardens after adding the oils.
Wipe the bottom of the double-boiler (if using) so no water drips into the jar as you pour. Pour into a 4 oz jar and a 1 or 2 oz tin. Add the essential oil, if using. The beeswax enlarges the final amount of salve, normally filling one of those tiny tins. As it cools, use a small bamboo skewer to stir as it cools. You get a crust if you do not stir while it cools. No biggie, really. You can see the salve I made above, I did not stir as it cooled. It is nicer without the crust when first using the salve.

You can add a few drops of an essential oil you find helpful into the jar and tin at this stage. Never add essential oils while the oils are warming or while blending into the beeswax. Some have a low flashpoint and/or can lose their properties if exposed to higher temps. When it is creamy, (it takes a minute or two), let set up on its own. Label. Ta-da! Done!

Folklore (wink-wink): This blend is said to be great for skin rashes, minor cuts and burns, bruises, eczema, psoriasis, sunburns and chapped lips.

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or claim to be one. This recipe is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice. Always see your favorite Medical, Voodoo, Hoodoo or Witch Doctor/Practitioner, Old Man Tree, Mr. Toad, etc., when you are sick, broken or having a bad day. Always research something on your own. I claim no responsibility nor can be held accountable for any reactions and/or any other undesirable results one may have if they follow and use this recipe, including zits, warts, smelling funny, and so on.

1 comment :

  1. It is really good for cuts. It works for people who have irritated skin due to incontinence as well.

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