This is an earth-friendly recipe for calendula balm – great for wounds, scalds, rashes and eczema. Calendula protects cells from free radical damage while fighting inflammation, bacteria and viruses. One of our kindergarten children had really bad eczema and could scratch herself till she created lesions. I made some for her and she so loved having her own “flower ointment”, that she finished it in one week! She asked me to make her some more, so we collected the flowers in the kindy garden and over a week and a half, I taught her how to make her own ointment! Empowering the next generation to take care of themselves!
- Collect a cupful of fresh calendula flowers.
- Dry these in the hot water cupboard for 3-4 days (I find the dehydrator does this in 3 hours).
- Add them to a jar of vegetable oil base of your choice. I use coconut oil.
- Place the flower-oil in the hot water cupboard and shake every day for a week.
- Strain oil through a sieve to remove flowers.
- Melt 1 Tbspn beeswax in a small pot, remove from heat and beat in the flower-infused oil.
- Pour into small wide-mouthed jars (pre-heated) or small metal containers. Cool.
- Should last 6-12 months, depending on the freshness of your oil. I think a nice inclusion could be to add a few drops of lavender oil too, to increase the healing potential of this balm.
Calendula Balm. Be your own doctor and heal yourself! Gift some to friends and family. It’s a beautiful thing!