Put the calendula in your garden to good use with a DIY healing salve. We show you how to make calendula cream.
Although the first written records of herbal medicine date back 5,000 years, humans have coevolved with, and relied on, plants for food and medicine from the beginning.
There are many kinds of plant-based medicine used worldwide, including Chinese, Ayurvedic, Native American and Indigenous Australian.
Using herbal remedies is a great way to reclaim medicine – allowing us to develop a direct relationship with the earth, providing an awareness of where our active medicinal constituents come from, reducing dependency on pharmaceutical companies, lowering embodied energy costs and decreasing carbon emissions.
How To Make Calendula Cream
Calendula (Calendula officinalis), also called pot marigold, is a hardy self-sowing annual flower, best planted in late summer–early autumn. It prefers temperate and subtropical areas.
Calendula have a bright orange flower, although some varieties have yellows and pinks too.
You can make your own calendula cream by binding water and oil components together to form a liquid with a firm consistency. Calendula cream can be used for inflammation, itchy skin, dryness, acne, scrapes, wounds or eczema.
- 125ml calendula infusion (calendula infused in hot water and left to stand for a minimum of four hours)
- 1 tsp glycerine
- 200ml calendula infused oil (dried calendula flowers infused in olive oil for one month)
- 50g coconut oil
- 25g beeswax
Mix all of the oils together in a bain-marie over the stove.
When combined, put the oils in a blender and blend until creamy.
Add the waters a little at a time, until completely combined with a thick and creamy consistency.
Place in a glass jar and label with the ingredients and date. Keep in the refrigerator.