Homemade Calendula & Lemon Balm Salve Recipe
I am so excited to share my favorite salve recipe, it is definitely something every mama should have on hand! Making salves at home is relatively simple, and you’ll find a far superior product than any you can buy in the store. Not only will you save money but you’ll also have an all natural salve without any petroleum products or harmful ingredients- how empowering!
My Calendula & Lemon Balm Salve is packed full of antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and skin regenerative properties that treat a broad-spectrum of ailments including…
- Diaper Rash
- Cuts & Scrapes
- Minor Burns
- Bug Bites & Stings
- Topical Thrush
- Chapped Lips
- Cold Sores
- Dry Skin
- Athletes Foot
- Cracked Heals
- Muscle Aches & Menstrual Cramps
- And so much more!
Every single ingredient in this salve has it’s own amazing skin-healing properties…
Calendula: Offers antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being astringent and antiseptic.
Lemon Balm: Contains Eugenol which eases pain. It is also highly anti-viral and research has shown that the polyphenols found in lemon balm can help significantly in the treatment of cold sores, shingles and other viral afflictions.
Beeswax: Forms a protective barrier on the surface of the skin- this barrier provides a film of protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe. When added to skin care products, beeswax acts as an emollient and a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin and sealing it in. Like other beehive products, beeswax also offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits.
Coconut Oil: The chemicals in coconut oil have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that can stop minor skin infections from starting. In addition, the layer of oil keeps dirt and microbes from reaching the broken skin. Coconut oil is very useful for the treatment of minor burns, like sunburn, as its small molecular structure allows for easy absorption into the skin. The addition of coconut oil to damaged skin cells allows them to increase the flexibility, providing internal moisturizing necessary for healthy skin. Coconut oil also contains antioxidants that promote healthy cell regeneration over time.
Shea Butter: Includes unsaturated fats with a large proportion of “unsaponifiables” components, essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and D, pro-vitamin A and allantoin. All these are natural and make shea butter a superfood for your skin offering antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin strengthening, skin protecting, skin regenerating, deeply moisturizing and skin healing benefits.
Olive Oil: There are a variety of antioxidants in olive oil including Vitamin A and E but the most potent compound is hydroxytyrosol. Hydroxytyrosol is a very rare but potent antioxidant found in olive oil that prevents free radical damage on skin cells. This compound also absorbs deeply into the skin and is suitable for all skin types. For this reason, olive oil has very potent anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties.
Tea Tree Oil: Contains natural chemicals called terpenoids, which are believed to be responsible for the product’s medicinal properties. It’s anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti-septic, and offers anti-inflammatory properties that helps sooth skin.
Lavender Essential Oil: Offers many antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and skin healing properties. It also aides in healthy blood circulation, meaning more nutrients being brought to the skin along with much needed oxygen to the cells.
Now let’s get started!!
- 2 Cups Olive Oil
- 3/4 Cup Dried Lemon Balm & Calendula (Just throw in a couple handfuls of each until you get 3/4 cup- try to use equal parts of each.)
- 1/2 Cup Beeswax
- 3 TBSP. Coconut Oil
- 2 TBSP. Shea Butter
- 5 Drops Tea Tree Oil
- 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Add dried herbs, olive and coconut oil into crock pot and heat on low for 3-4 hours.
- Strain oil through cheesecloth and return to (clean) crock pot on low heat.
- Microwave beeswax and shea butter in 1 minute increments until fully melted.
- Immediately add melted beeswax and shea butter into crock pot & mix well with wooden spoon. If the wax starts to harden up turn the crock pot up to the high heat setting and stir until completely liquified.
- Add in tea tree and lavender essential oils and mix well.
- Pour mixture into small containers with lids and keep lids off until salve becomes solid.
- Solar Infusion: In a glass jar, cover the herbs with olive oil. Stir to combine, and allow oil and herb mixture to steep in sun for 3-6 weeks.
- Simple Salve: Use 2 cups olive oil, 3/4 cup herb or combination of any herbs of your choice & 1/2 cup beeswax- that’s all you need to make a salve! (You can also add one or more essential oils if you’d like)
- Experiment using different oils- Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil etc.
- Use different essential oils to meet your individual needs:
Use Bergamot Essential oil for colds, bronchitis systems, i.e. chest rub.
Use Caraway Essential oil for antiseptic quality.
Use Cardamon Essential oil for aphrodisiac quality. Use Clary Sage Essential oil for anti-ainflammatory, aphrodisiac and scalp problems
Use Cedar Essential oil for relieving Chronic anxiety and stress.
Use Citronella Essential oil for making a insect repellent salve.
Use Eucalyptus Essential oil for chest rub, relieves congestion, eases breathing.
Use Frankincense Essential oil for asthma and other respiratory problems.
Use Gardenia Essential oil for chest rub, said to relieve flu conditions, fever, hypertension and palpitations.
Use Juniper Essential oil for emotionally cleansing effect. Calms the nerves.
Use Orange Essential oil for a lighter body lotion, said to relax, relieve sexual apprehension, and is antiseptic and antibactericidal.
Use Patchouli Essential oil for antiseptic, aphrodisiac qualities.
Use Rosemary Essential oil for relieving tired muscles.
Use Tea Tree Essential oil for Antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral qualities.
This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before starting any new therapeutic technique.
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