Does your dry skin need extra love and nourishing? Learn how to make a skin soothing DIY Calendula Lavender Salve with natural ingredients.
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 Ultra-Protect Body Balm.
While it does work very 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.
When I decided to learn how to make skin salves, I was surprised by how easy it is. You can use dried flowers, essential oils or both to give them their skin benefits.
I chose to use both dried calendula and lavender flowers to this homemade skin salve recipe as I love how lavender and calendula smell together, and they are both very soothing for irritated skin.
If you’re worried about this tutorial being too challenging since you infuse your own oils, I promise it’s easier than it looks to make this calendula lavender salve! You can also use this same method for infusing oils with other herbs.
Read about the best herbs for natural skincare for some ideas or try these skin soothing herbs:
One batch of this homemade Calendula Lavender Salve will last you for quite some time. Use smaller containers if you want to be able to carry one in your purse or tuck it into your kid’s backpack for school.
DIY Calendula Lavender Salve
- Wood stirrer
- Pan filled with water
- Glass storage containers
- 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. Immediately pour the mixture into your glass containers and allow it to cool.
- Once completely cooled, keep the lid sealed when not in use.