Welcome to the February 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Beautiful.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about skincare and other personal care products. You’ll find a variety of posts about choosing natural beauty products and even tutorials on how to make some of your own! Be sure to read all of the posts listed at the bottom of mine to learn how to keep your beauty routine safe and natural.
I have dealt with eczema for 25 years. For most of that time, I treated my eczema with steroid creams because it was the only thing that seemed to calm it.
As I learned more about the chemicals in most skincare products and the dangers of using a steroid-based medication for prolonged periods of time, I worked on weaning myself off of the steroid cream. After a lot of trial and error, I found one natural salve that worked very well for keeping my eczema at bay, the suki Butter Cream Healing Salve.
While it does work quite well, I found that it can get quite expensive with how much I go through it. So one of my goals this year was to teach myself to make my own salves. Not only is it more affordable, but I like the peace of mind of knowing exactly what I’m putting on my skin (having melanoma will do that to you).
I have had this recipe bookmarked for quite sometime, so I based my recipe off of it. I wanted to add lavender to it as I love how lavender and calendula smell together, and they are both very soothing.
I was really pleased with how easy it was to make a salve. Next I think I’m going to make a first aid salve!
DIY Calendula Lavender Salve
- 1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil (I like Tropical Traditions and Nutiva)
- 3/4 cup dried organic Calendula flowers
- 1/4 cup dried organic lavender flowers
- 1/4 cup organic beeswax pastilles
- 10-15 drops lavender essential oil or your favorite essential oil (I use Young Living) (optional)
- 2 mason jars
- Wood stirrer
- Pan filled with water
- Glass storage containers for finished salve (jelly jars work well)
- Put the Calendula and Lavender flowers in a mason jar, the cover the flowers with the extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil (they should be completely covered).
- Fill your pan with water, then place the jar into the water being careful not to get any water into the oil.
- Turn the heat on low and allow the flowers to infuse into the oil for 3-5 hours. You’ll know it’s ready when the oil smells strongly of the flowers. The oil will also change colors.
- Remove the jar from the pan, then strain the oil from the flowers using cheesecloth into a clean mason jar. Make sure you squeeze the cheesecloth so you get all of the oil from the spent flowers.
- Pour the beeswax into the infused oil, then place it back into the water in the pan. Stir occasionally until the beeswax is melted (around 5 minutes for the pastilles I use).
- When it’s totally melted, remove the jar from the water and add your essential oils if you’re using them.
- Then pour the mixture into your glass containers (I had these cute containers from my recent Homegrown Collective box) and allow it to cool. It should last around a year.
Some other herbs that are good for soothing eczema include:
- Burdock root
- Comfrey leaf and/root
- Yarrow flowers
Have you ever made a salve? What are your favorite herbs or essential oils to use?
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