Calendula Salve

I made a batch of calendula salve recently with some of the flowers from my garden. It’s a wonderful thing to have around the house – helps to heal cuts, sun and windburn, eczema, fungal infections, and many other types of owies.

The flowers look so pretty that I hate to do it…

…but in goes enough olive oil to just cover the flowers. Let this sit in a warm and/or sunny spot for a week or two.

Strain the flowers out of the oil.

Add 1 part of grated beeswax for every 4 parts of oil. Warm the oil and wax over medium low heat in an empty can set into a saucepan of water (I pinched the edge of the can to make a pouring spout, see earlier photo).

When the wax has melted, pour the mixture into a clean container, and voila – you’re “savvy”!

8 thoughts on “Calendula Salve”

  • Thanks, Carla. It actually is easy, though!

    Steph – Sorry to hear your calendula didn’t come up this year. I hate it when that happens.

    Thistlebee – Let me know how it turns out!

  • My calendula flowers have been soaking in the oil about a week and are looking and smelling a little rancid- is that normal?? could i have done something wrong?

  • McVeggie – I don't think smelling rancid is normal. Was the oil fresh? The flowers do smell a little funny after a while though. If it's really hot where you are, maybe things got a little too warm. You could go ahead and mix some or all of it with the beeswax and see if it mellows out.

  • It got really smelly and had slimy gunk covering the flowers, so i had to toss it. I think the mistake i made was that i washed the flowers and put them in the oil wet? Anyway i will try another batch in a couple days once i get enough flowers.

  • Yeah, slimy and smelly sounds bad. πŸ˜€
    I think you're right about washing the flowers – the excess moisture would probably encourage it to spoil.

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