Today I made a calendula salve! I made one previously, and have been absolutely loving it. I put it on all my wounds, bug bites, and skin irritations. Infected piercing? Calendula balm. Bad zit or acne? Calendula balm. I heard you should use it like neosporin (which some people like me have allergies to the neomyacin, so this is a good alternative.) I use it and just keep applying when my skin has absorbed it and it feels dry again.
Making it was a fun mess—well, it was only messy at the end when I poured it into tins. I started by infusing olive oil with calendula resina flower petals. This flower is a relative of the marigold, both very beneficial flowers. They are beautiful flowers, a rich yellow colour, so vibrant yet soft. They dry on a screen of recycled lace I put on a hanging quilting hoop, flat on their faces with their petals sticking straight out in every directions, each one a perfect, holy circle.
The flowers release their medicinal substance under the heat and it becomes infused with the oil. To this I added tallow, Shea butter, and beeswax with the embellishments of lemon, tea tree oil, and turmeric powder (all beneficial for the skin).
Once it all melts and is incorporated, I can pour it in its little tins from the double boiler (and of course the edge of the glass makes the liquid fall down the side 😂). I let it harden, add lids, and put in my stash for to sell and gift! $15 my friends! Message for sale!
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A sustainability major at U of L, beginning farmer, crafter, and writer.