Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

2 T Calendula petals (I use loose, dry herbs)*
2 T Marshmallow root
3 T beeswax
1⁄2 c coconut oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil

Heat an oven to 200 degrees & turn it off. Melt the coconut oil on low heat then add herbs. Let sit for five minutes on the low heat then transfer them to your oven. Let the herbs steep there for four hours or longer. Strain the herbs from the oil (if the mixture solidifies, warm it on the stove to melt again; put the strained oil back in a pan on the stove top on low heat. Add the wax; let it melt; add the essential oils. Pour it into clean, dry containers.
* Note - Don’t confuse Calendula officinalis with ornamental marigolds of the Tagets genus, which are commonly grown in vegetable gardens. Calendula Officinalis has high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals. Calendula appears to fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria. It has been shown to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue. The dried petals of the calendula plant are used in tinctures, ointments, and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as the minor infections they cause. Calendula has been shown to help prevent dermatitis or skin inflammation in breast cancer patients during radiation therapy.
As a breast cancer survivor I recommend a product by Radiant Sun called My Girls Friend made into a Calendula cream.

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Comment by Jennifer on March 27, 2013 at 9:34am

Hey, Karin: Thanks so much for sharing this. Do you have a preferred type of container for storage? Maybe a little pot with a lid, or have you ever tried reusing an old lipstick/lipbalm container?

Comment by Karin Bosela on March 27, 2013 at 9:43am

I store mine in small cobalt blue glass jars that I order online from specialtybottle.com - the 1.7 oz size

Cobalt blue straight sided 1.7oz jar w/ black lid


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