I have always had skin that needed extra nourishing to keep it looking its best. Unfortunately, I haven't always made the best decisions about what products I use on my skin.
As I learned more about the chemicals in most skincare products, I worked very hard to swap all of our conventional products for natural alternatives. After a lot of trial and error, I found one natural salve that worked very well for keeping my skin looking healthy and nourished, 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 this calendula lavender salve. I'm already thinking about what type of salve I want to make next!
DIY Calendula Lavender Salve
- 1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil
- 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
- 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.
- 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 skin include:
- Burdock root
- Comfrey leaf and/root
- Yarrow flowers
Have you ever made a calendula lavender salve? What are your favorite herbs or essential oils to use?
Update: This post previously had a link to the brand of essential oils I use, but I can no longer mention that brand on my blog due to FDA regulations. If you’d like to learn more about the only brand of essential oils I recommend, please fill out the form on this page and I’ll get back with you. I do NOT recommend buying essential oils from Amazon.com. I’m happy to share why with you.