homemade calendula salve

This evening I made a soothing calendula salve with my daughter. She was very proud to make her first herbal salve and did most of the job herself. Calendula salve can be used to sooth any manner of skin abrasions, rashes, irritation, and/or diaper rash. And if a 5-year-old can do it, so can you!

Soothing Calendula Salve Recipe

3/4 cup base oil: organic olive, almond oil, or calendula oil
(Calendula oil is made by steeping calendula flower petals in olive or almond oil for 6 weeks, then straining out the plant material and reserving the infused oil.  We used organic olive oil to steep ours.)

1/2 oz beeswax (for a thinner, ointment-like consistency, use 1/4oz beeswax)
1/2 oz cacao butter
3 heaping tsps organic coconut oil
30-40 drops essential oil of your choice (optional. tonight we kept ours plain to use for kids sensitive areas but in general I like to add lavender essential oil)
an 8oz jar or tin (or multiple 2oz or 4oz jars if you want to make some to share)

In a double boiler, pour in the base oil. Heat gently and add in the beeswax, cacao butter, and coconut oil.  Let all the ingredients melt together, stirring occasionally.  Add essential oil if desired, and pour into jars. allow to cool with lids off.  Once cool, cap and store for up to 2 years.

enjoy your soothing herbal salve!

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About earthwisemedicinals

Chana Laila has been studying herbal medicine since 2003 when she enrolled as an apprentice at Blazing Star Herbal School. Throughout her time studying herbal medicine, Chana Laila has become the mother of three children, and has focused on learning how to care for her family using herbal remedies and products. This work has inspired her to create Earthwise Medicinals, a line of ethically and sustainably harvested herbal products for women's and children's health. In 2004 Chana Laila completed a doula training program and currently works with women to offer professional labor support services. Chana Laila teaches classes on herbal medicine for women's health, as well as classes on how to make herbal preparations at home, and is currently enrolled in a correspondence certification program on herbal medicine for women's health taught by Aviva Jill Romm. Chana Laila is also a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Her music can be found at http://chanalaila.bandcamp.com and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chanalaila
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