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Eco-Crazy Mom’s Homemade Calendula & Lemon Balm Salve Recipe

Homemade Calendula & Lemon Balm Salve Recipe

Calendula Salve

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
  • Psoriasis
  • Topical Thrush
  • Inflammation
  • Itching
  • Eczema
  • Chapped Lips
  • Cold Sores
  • Dry Skin
  • Athletes Foot
  • Warts
  • Cracked Heals
  • Sunburn
  • Stretchmarks
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Shingles
  • Muscle Aches & Menstrual Cramps
  • And so much more!

Every single ingredient in this salve has it’s own amazing skin-healing properties…

Dried Calendula

Calendula: Offers antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being astringent and antiseptic.

Lemon Balm

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

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

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

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

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

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
*I do not add preservatives. Many of the ingredients contain natural preservatives, so your salve will have a shelf life of 1-2 years.
  1. Add dried herbs, olive and coconut oil into crock pot and heat on low for 3-4 hours.
  2. Strain oil through cheesecloth and return to (clean) crock pot on low heat.
  3. Microwave beeswax and shea butter in 1 minute increments until fully melted.
  4. 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.
  5. Add in tea tree and lavender essential oils and mix well.
  6. Pour mixture into small containers with lids and keep lids off until salve becomes solid.
Calendula Salve Recipe
I made a double batch and ended up with this much salve, I like making plenty of extra to give to friends and family!
Homemade Salve
  • 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 Bayleaf Essential oil for relieving rheumatism.
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.
Where To Buy Ingredients: Mountain Rose Herbs offers a great variety of sustainably harvested herbs, oils, butters, waxes, containers and everything you need to make this salve recipe & MORE!
For more salve recipes click here or here.
For some awesome calendula recipes click here.
Questions? Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at

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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  1. I would like to try some of your homemade Calendula & Lemon Balm Salve!

  2. Christine says:

    This certainly looks like some good stuff to have on hand! Thanks for the Giveaway!

  3. How did you learn about herbs?

    • Honestly, I have just done a TON of research, reading & “self teaching”. Mountain Rose Herbs is where my addiction started- they are where I buy all of my supplies & they have an awesome blog!

  4. How did you learn about herbs?

  5. Keara B. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! Just went out and bought an old, used crock pot in anticipation of making this. Do you know if it’s cloth-diaper safe and okay for every diaper change? Thanks in advance!

  6. I love this idea. I have never made a salve myself before, but this makes me want to try it!

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  7. I read this the other day and thought I should try this! Then the other night I almost threw away little sample containers I had and thought they would be perfect for this!
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  8. Liliana Montemayor says:

    will try!!

  9. Michelle F. says:

    Have to try this for my muscle aches.

  10. Kelley Johnsen says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I love Calendula Salves and Oils. I grow my own calendulas and we use the petals in so many ways. Calendula Oil heals burns, disinfects cuts, and heals bruises fast! We use the petals in salads, and we make a tea for an eye wash for pink eye. The girls have only gotten pink eye twice but it was a fast and comfortable cure.
    Plus, in World War II, they used calendula to clean the cuts and burns, it was their main antiseptic!
    Thanks for the recipe, I will try and make this balm soon. :-)

  11. I made this salve today.. it was fun, love doing this type of stuff! But one thing… I went out and bought all the ingredients yesterday at the health food store, and when I got home I noticed the clerk gave me Marigold Blossoms instead of Calendula, so I called the store and asked about it and he told me that it is the same thing, so I went ahead and made the salve. But I was just doing some research and apparently it’s not? Would you be able to help me out with this?

    Thanks … btw thanks for the recipe, oh and this whole site! LOVE it!

    • Calendula is often referred to as the “pot marigold” so it can be very confusing!I’m sure the salve is still okay to use, but true calendula has many more skin and health benefits. I order mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, or buy it from a local herb shop if I’m in a time crunch. You can also find great deals on dried Calendula on Etsy. If you need any additional help please don’t hesitate to email me at ecocrazymom(at)gmail(dot)com!


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  14. Kristine Al says:


    I have a question about beeswax (organic, unrefined). I got some in anticipation of using it in a recipe and it smells really bad to me. I’ve tried 2 sources. It kind of smells like tobacco but it also reminds me of really bad body odor.

    Is this normal? Does the smell go away. When I read reviews of the two products/suppliers that I got these from, they are almost all positive (many reviews) and only a few will mention the odor. Is it just me? Or certain batches have this?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Kristine,

      That’s really strange, beeswax does have an odor, but I’ve never considered it to be foul. If you’ve tried two sources it may just be your sense of smell, I wish I could just stick my head through the computer and take a whiff for you! Sorry I can’t be of more help!


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