22 Sep Homemade Calendula Salve
Homemade healing salves and creams are among the easiest and quickest to make yourself. You decide which healing effect you want to achieve with the salve. If you look at conventional salves from the pharmacy or drugstore, you will notice a long list of ingredients. This is rarely a sign of quality. They use a lot of substances for consistency, preservation and fragrance. Ergo they have no effect on the healing properties of the salve. Especially in the case of wounds and inflamed areas, you want to make sure that you care for your skin naturally and in the best possible way. People have been using the healing powers of nature for thousands of years. Because nature usually offers everything you need.
A good healing salve helps the skin to regenerate and prevents germs from spreading. You can produce a healing salve yourself very easily and in a completely natural way.
There are certain healing plants that have good healing effects especially on external wounds. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is one such plant. Its skin regenerating effects are generally known. It supports the skin in the treatment of wounds, especially poorly healing wounds and mucous membrane inflammations. Reason enough for you to try this simple recipe for a calendula healing salve.
Used Raw Materials
Although the plant has been forgotten for a long time, the calendula is one of the ancient medicinal plants, which is now also used in modern herbal medicine. Its healing effects on wounds and its anti-inflammatory effects on skin and mucous membranes have been confirmed time and again.
Important ingredients include triterpene saponins, flavonoids and essential oil. These have wound healing and anti-inflammatory effects. Studies have also confirmed other effects of the plant: Calendula has virus- and fungicidal effects (virucidal and fungicidal) and counteracts microorganisms (antimicrobial).
Making a calendula oil extract
To make a calendula oil extract, the plant material is placed in oxidation-stable oil. Over the course of a minimum of 10 days to three weeks, the healing agents are slowly “extracted” from the plant material. This means that the active ingredients are transferred to the vegetable oil. To prepare the calendula oil extract, proceed as follows:
1. You can use either fresh flowers or dried ones. If you use fresh flowers, please let them wither for a few hours.
2. Fill a sterile screw glass 2/3 full with the flowers and fill it up with a vegetable oil. We have used jojoba oil for this recipe. The oil should cover all the plant material well. Swivel the glass once to make sure that really all flowers are covered with oil.
3. Store the screw glass at room temperature without direct sunlight. Swivel the jar once a day.
4. After a minimum of 10 days you can strain the oil into a sterile, dark bottle.
The shelf life of the oil extract depends on the shelf life of the vegetable oil. You can just note this date on the bottle. You can increase the shelf life by adding a few drops of vitamin E oil.
Lanolin, also known as wool wax, is the secretion from the sebaceous glands of sheep, which is obtained during the washing of sheep wool. Lanolin is especially popular in cosmetics because it has very good skin-caring properties. The reason for this is that it can regulate the transepidermal water loss and thus accelerate the healing of wounds.
Cocoa butter is often used in cosmetics to provide especially dry, stressed or cracked skin with a lot of fat. The components contained in cocoa butter moisturize and soothe irritated skin and make it smooth and elastic.
For a calendula tincture you follow the same steps as for the oil extract, only instead of the oil you use a 60% alcohol.
Application and Shelf Life
- The homemade calendula ointment is best suited for external wounds.
- Apply the ointment generously to the wound, preferably several times a day until the wound has completely healed.
The homemade calendula ointment can be stored for up to six months.
Homemade Calendula Salve
Ingredients for 100 ml
- 50 ml calendula oil
- 40 gr lanolin
- 10 gr cocoa butter
- optional 2 ml calendula tincture
- cream jar
- Slowly warm the calendula oil, lanolin and cocoa butter.
- As soon as they have melted, remove from heat and optionally add the calendula tincture.
- Pour the liquid mixture into a jar and place in the refrigerator to harden.
Liability: All stated effects are for information purposes only and do not replace a visit to the doctor. There is no guarantee for the mode of action and the compatibility of the raw materials and the end product. The production and application is at your own risk and responsibility.