Calendula Blam Benefits For Skin: Calendula Salve Recipe
It’s the secret ingredient in many healing balms and skin care products, and for good reason. Calendula petals are rich in compounds that nourish, hydrate, and support skin healing – they’ve been used for centuries to help with everything from pinkeye and sore throats to skin irritations. But don’t think you need a cut or scrape to make use of it – I use it on my face and love the way it makes my skin glow!
- face moisturizer
- chapped-lip balm
- baby bottom balm
- owie salve
- burn salve
- bug bite balm
Benefits of Calendula For Skin
Improves skin texture:
Calendula is quite potent in antioxidants that help in maintaining the health of your skin. These antioxidants play a major role in neutralizing the free radicals that can damage your skin. Antioxidants promote the growth of healthy skin cells by increasing the cell turnover. Calendula boosts the collagen production in the body while making your skin radiant and healthy. Thus, using calendula for your skin improves its texture to a great extent.
Soothes the skin:
Calendula is popularly known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in soothing the skin and heals any issues at a faster rate. Calendula is widely used in medicines that are used for healing the skin or treating the irritation or burns. Also, it effectively treats the redness of the skin without any side effects.
Heals dry and damaged skin:
Calendula is quite hydrating in nature and treats dry and damaged skin. It instantly makes the skin plump and soft while imparting a subtle radiance. If you have severely dry skin, calendula can help in healing it faster and provides moisture to that area while soothing it. Also, calendula is quite beneficial in treating dry and chapped lips as well. Needless to say, when calendula is used for skin, it brightens up the skin and keeps it hydrated.
Calendula Salve Recipe
- 4 ounces calendula infused oil (you can make your own calendula oil using this recipe, or buy pre-made calendula oil here)
- 1/2 ounce by weight beeswax (about 2 tablespoons grated, packed beeswax)
- 25-50 drops essential oil, optional (lavender, frankincense, chamomile and tea tree are good choices)
Gently heat the beeswax in a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler you can use a stainless steel bowl set inside a pot of boiling water.) When the beeswax is melted, add in the calendula oil. Allow it to warm up for 30-60 seconds, then stir until the beeswax and oil are thoroughly mixed. If you’re adding essential oils, wait until the mixture just a little and then stir them in.
Pour your salve into a clean, dry container and allow to cool – I used three of these 2-ounce tins. Now you’re ready for the next bug attack, bee sting, scrape, etc.