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How to Make Homemade Calendula Salve

Learn how to easily make potent and healing homemade calendula salve at home. Calendula salve can help to reduce inflammation, soothe skin irritation, eczema, burns, bites, scars, rashes, and more!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Keyword: calendula oil, Calendula salve recipe, Homemade calendula salve, natural skincare
Servings: 10 ounces

Equipment

  • A double-boiler, or make-shift double boiler (such as a glass pyrex bowl or stainless steel bowl perched on top of a saucepan with water below)
  • Glass storage jars or salve tins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Calendula oil
  • 3-4* tbsp Beeswax pastilles, or approximately 1 once if you're using shaved, block, or other forms of beeswax. *If you opt to also add shea butter, use only 3 level tbsp of beeswax pastilles. However if you skip the shea butter, use 4 tbsp beeswax. (vegan option: replace with the same amount of organic soy wax or candelilla wax)
  • 2 tbsp Shea butter (optional)
  • 4-5 drops Essential oils of choice (optional)

Instructions

  • Have your chosen salve tins or small glass storage jars ready and waiting.
  • Add water to the bottom pan of your double-boiler. Now add 1 cup calendula oil, 3-4 tbsp of beeswax (see sliding scale notes above), optional shea butter and essential oils to the top section of the double-boiler.
  • Heat the mixture on the stovetop over medium-love heat - only until the beeswax melts, and stirring frequently.
  • As soon as everything melts and is thoroughly combined, remove from heat.
  • While it is still hot, carefully pour the liquid salve into your chosen containers. (If it starts to solidify while you’re still filling containers, simply put it back on medium-low heat until it liquifies again.)
  • Set the full calendula salve containers aside (lids off) and allow them to fully cool.
  • The calendula salve will harden as it cools, and then it is ready to use. Use either clean fingers or a salve spoon to collect a small amount of salve, and apply to your skin as needed. A little goes a long way!
  • Store your salve containers in a cool, dark location. Homemade calendula salve can “stay good” for several years. However, its medicinal potency may decrease with extended time and age.