I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
A friend sent me an email
with a simple calendula salve recipe .
Her instructions were:
“Macerate your whole
flower tops in good quality EVOO. Just stuff a jar with flowers and then fill
will oil to cover you plant material. Place for 6-8 weeks in a sunny window.
Strain out your plant material and add some beeswax about 1-4 Tbls. to your
strained oil. Gently heat to melt the beeswax and pour into containers. Easy
simple calendula salve. Good for wrinkles too! Linda Thistledown Farm”
Now I know this is not the
kind of detail I give on the blog so I worked out the details for you.
I made my calendula oil by
harvesting the flower heads of my plants a few at a time. I started with about
5 of 6 flowers and poured 8 ounces of almond oil over top in a mason jar.
As weeks passed I added
more flowers. I chose those of the best
quality that were at the peak of pretty.
I harvested them in the morning before the
oils were evaporated from the petals.
Some were yellow and some
were orange as you can see it gives the oil a rusty color.
Once I was happy with the
quality of the oil (about 8 to 10 weeks, I think.)
I strained it and placed it
in the top of my double boiler.
I then grated about 6
ounces of bees wax. Well I should be
honest I cut up about 3 ounces and grated about 3 ounces, because I knew I
would need at least 3 ounces to make the salve.
Then I could add the
grated wax a bit at a time to get the perfect consistency. Once the beeswax was
melted I let the mixture cool to see if it would create the solid that I
I found it to be the hardness i wanted without being a brick, so I remelted it, added just a bit more wax and poured it into containers.
I use this salve for
myself. It is great for my rosacea and
for my Zodiac Box for Leo.
Here is the final recipe:
Dozens of fresh calendula
flowers free of bugs and blemishes
8 oz. almond or olive oil
4 ounces beeswax
Steep the flowers (all at once or over time) in the oil for 4 to 8 weeks. Once the oil is well infused with the flowers, strain it to remove the flower particulates. Grate the beeswax. Place the oil in the top of a double boiler and simmer (do not boil) of the heated water adding the grated beeswax and stirring until it is melted. Use about 4 to 6 ounces of beeswax per 8 ounces of oil. Once the wax is all melted remove the boiler top form the water and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. check the mixture for consistency and texture. Be aware salves are subject to humidity and other environmental conditions so you will need to adjust the amount of beeswax accordingly. If you are satisfied with the texture return the double boiler to the water and allow it to remelt, then while warm pour into containers. All to cool completely before putting a cover on the containers.