When you add lavender and tea tree oil to calendula salve it becomes an excellent, all natural replacement for antibiotic ointments.
You can make this with or without the essential oils, but if you have them on hand I would highly recommend adding them.
The recipe I used comes from the Nerdy Farmwife. Her website is one of my favorites for finding natural alternatives to conventional first aid. She also has tons of fun recipes for soap and beauty care recipes.
.5 oz beeswax pastilles
10 drops lavender essential oil
4-5 drops tea tree oil
Allow the oil to warm in the pot for several hours. Make sure the water does not get too hot. You want it to warm the oil, not boil it.
Once the jar has warmed for 2-3 hours it is ready to use or you can place it in a dark cabinet to set longer and become even stronger.
Just before I use my infused oil I take a piece of cheesecloth and strain the flower petals out. I am then left with beautiful, golden oil ready to be used.
To make the salve place 3.5 oz of infused oil and .5 oz beeswax pastilles in a small pot and warm them just until they melt. DO NOT boil.
Once everything is melted it should look like this.
The next step is to let the oil cool some. Once it is slightly cooled you can add your essential oils if you like. If you don’t have any the salve will still be helpful for soothing irritated skin.
After you have added your essential oils pour everything into a small container or two. I prefer the ones in the picture above. They hold about 4 ounces and are the perfect size to be able to get your fingers into. They can be found at The Specialty Bottle Company or Mountain Rose Herb. A small mason jar will work as well.
That’s all there is to it. Once you have infused calendula oil the process of making this salve is only
about 10 minutes less cooling time.
Make sure to check out the Nerdy Farm wife for free printable labels for this project.
Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor and do not claim to be one. I post these recipes in hopes that you will find them helpful. If you use this recipe please use caution and discontinue use if irritation occurs. Some links in this post are affiliate links which means I earn a small percentage of the sales from them. This does not cost you anything, but helps me to continue with this website.