I love using the herbs I grow to make things! I had already made Calendula oil from flowers this summer so I just had to come up with a way to use it on his skin. I decided to add beeswax to thicken it and coconut oil as a moisturizer, plus a dash of Tea Tree essential oil since it has such great healing properties. This is a small batch recipe. I only wanted a small jar since it's only a winter occurrence and I can make a new batch each year. When I was making this I decided to skip the tea tree oil in 1 jar and make that just a Calendula salve. I have a small burn scar on my arm and have been putting the Calendula oil on it but since I'm making salve, I might as well do 2 types!
2 small clean jars. I used the mini Ball jelly jars because I always have them on hand.
1/2 ounce beeswax, chopped up. I buy these bars and just cut 1 in half, but many people like to use the beeswax pastilles.
1/4 cup Coconut oil.
1/4 cup infused Calendula oil. here's my tutorial.
2 drops Tea Tree essential oil per jar.
To start, make sure the jars are clean and dry. I put the tea tree oil in 1 jar and crumbled a few dry Calendula petals into the other just to help identify them. Put both oils and the beeswax into a heat proof container. Using the double boiler method, heat until melted stirring often. Pour into jars. Stir the ones with the tea tree oil to incorporate the oils throughout. Let cool and cap tightly. Store in a cool place out of sunlight.
My son used it on his hands twice a day for a few days and wow, what an amazing result! The cuts healed up and the redness went away. It was that simple. When you think about it, most of the things we buy are so leaden with chemicals that they often do more harm then good. Take this dry skin for instance. When skin is dry and irritated, many chemicals just make it worse. Which in this case causes cracking and bleeding and pain. Most of the heavy store bought creams we tried burned when he put them on because of the cracks. So it just kept getting worse! By going back to the basics and making my own product, I'm just using the good stuff and leaving the chemicals behind.
(now here's a bit of a disclaimer) However, because of the lack of chemical preservatives this will not keep indefinitely like the store bought moisturizers. I like to make a small batch so it doesn't go bad before I use it all. Do not use a homemade product if it starts to change in consistency or smell bad. You can store these tightly capped in the fridge. Though it will last longer, it will harden when cold. I bet that would feel good on sunburn though! Looks like I may have a new use for it. I'll let you know after I try it. In the meantime: I am not a Dr nor do I play one on TV. This is not medical advice just my own recipe created by using basic proportions and substituting or adding in the ingredients I desired. It works very well for us. Let me know if you try it!
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