Calendula and Lemon Balm Salve

I found this recipe on Ecocrazymum.com last year and have only just managed to find some beeswax locally. My husband suffers from eczema so I have been wanting him to try it rather than prescribed creams, and it would appear to be a handy salve to have on hand. The list of ailments it is supposed to help is long:

  • 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!

Ingredients:

  • 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.
Directions:
  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.

This made over 3 cups of salve. I didn’t have shea butter so excluded this. I managed to pick up little blocks of 50g beeswax for 50 cents each from a local apiary which I was really pleased with. I also altered the method – simmering the oils and herbs for 2 hours over low heat in a double boiler, straining then adding the beeswax and returning to heat, adding essentials oils when finished. I will add to this at a later date to say how we have found it

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