DIY Calendula Lavender Salve for Calm Skin

by Chrystal Johnson on February 20, 2014

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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.

diy-calendula-lavender-salveI 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

Ingredients

Supplies

  • 2 mason jars
  • Wood stirrer
  • Pan filled with water
  • Cheesecloth
  • Glass storage containers for finished salve (jelly jars work well)

Directions:

  1. 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).
    calendula-lavender-oil-infusion
  2. Fill your pan with water, then place the jar into the water being careful not to get any water into the oil.
  3. 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.
    lavender-calendula-pan
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. When it’s totally melted, remove the jar from the water and add your essential oils if you’re using them.
  7. 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.
    infused-oil-jars

Some other herbs that are good for soothing eczema include:

  • Burdock root
  • Chickweed
  • 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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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Kylie February 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I need to make this. Not sure if it’s eczema, but my younger son has very red and dry cheeks lately.
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2 Chrystal Johnson February 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

It’s very nourishing! What my daughter has on her hands isn’t eczema, but they get really dry and crack, and they started healing after only a couple applications of this salve.

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3 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
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February 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Love this! I’ve done a similar product with just coconut oil and chamomile but I’m sure this salve is more effective for calming eczema!
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4 Chrystal Johnson February 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I’m sure that was nice too – I love chamomile!

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5 Leah @ Crunchy Farm Baby February 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Well that sure looks easy enough!! We plan on growing a lot of herbal flowers in our yard this year, calendula and lavender included, so I’m looking forward to using this recipe!
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6 Chrystal Johnson February 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Oh, I would love to have a bunch of herbal flowers in our yard – some day!

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7 Hilary February 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm

This looks like a great recipe and remedy. Where do you typically buy your dried flowers, Chrystal?
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8 Jaye Anne February 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Beautiful pictures! And thank you for being so honest with your personal information. Sharing like that can only help others who are dealing with similar issues. I made a salve at Sacred Medicine Woman Retreat last year. http://www.sacredpregnancy.com/sacred-pregnancy-training/sacred-medicine-woman-retreats/
It had Calendula as well and soothes my hands when my Candida rash flares up.
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9 Brittney Minor
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February 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

My nephew has eczema so I’m going to pass this recipe on to my sister.
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10 Chrystal Johnson February 24, 2014 at 10:38 am

I hope it helps him!

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11 Kristi March 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

This is fantastic! I can’t wait to try this on my little guy!

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12 Sami March 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

This is great! What an easy tutorial to follow.
I have never suffered from severe dry skin until this year and it happens to be on my face. Spending a week in Florida definitely helped but I need some of this cream. Thanks for a natural fix.
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13 Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? March 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I should make this for my boy. Every winter his eczema gets so bad on this thighs :( Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.
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14 heidi March 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I have loads of yarrow so I’m definitely going to check this out. Thanks for sharing it!
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