Are you new to making your own herbal remedies? This salve is for you! It is the easiest recipe out there and I’ve included step-by-step instructions with pictures.
If you don’t know what a salve is, think of a chap stick consistency. It is oil that often is mixed with beeswax to make it solid. I’ve made salves with different herb-infused oils for cuts, bruises, stings, bug bites and chest colds. Sometimes I will also add essential oils for scent or for their medicinal qualities.
Today, though, I’m keeping it super simple. So simple, in fact, that you don’t even need beeswax! I’ve used coconut oil, instead, which is solid at room temperature and is wonderful for your skin. The coconut oil is moisturizing, anti-fungal, antiviral and antibiotic. I’ve infused it with calendula, which soothes irritated skin. Some of this salve will be kept as is for rashes and other skin irritations, but some of it will be an ingredient in the homemade diaper cream I’m creating.
What you need:
- 1 1/2 cups virgin coconut oil (organic, if you can get it)
- 1 cup calendula petals/blossoms (or other herbs, such as lavender, rose petals, comfrey, etc.)
- a canning jar, with lid
- a saucepan with a dish rag in the bottom
- a bowl with a tea towel (or a clean, old t-shirt would work)
What to do:
- Over very low heat, melt the coconut oil in a sauce pan (it doesn’t take much, so don’t leave it unattended!). Remove it from the heat as soon as the oil is clear and liquid.
- Put the calendula in the jar and pour the melted coconut oil on top. Put on the lid.
- In a clean saucepan, put a dish rag in the bottom and set the jar on it. Add water to the pan until it’s 3/4 of the way up the jar.
- On low to medium low heat, warm the pan, but don’t let the water simmer. Leave it for several hours (2 to 6, depending on how strong you want the infusion).
- Once the oil is done, drape the tea towel in and over the edges of the bowl and pour the oil and herbs in.
- Pull up the edges of the tea towel and squeeze all of the oil out of the herbs.
- Pour the oil into a clean jar or small tins and let cool. With the white plate under it, you can really see that gorgeous golden color that the calendula gives the oil. It is ready to use once it is solid, again!
Keep your infused oil away from light and heat to help maintain the medicinal properties of the calendula. You can apply it to any skin irritation or injury as often as you want. For solid oil, keep it cool- coconut oil melts at warmer temps.