DIY All Purpose Salve

Greetings from 6 weeks into the stay at home order here in NY! A friend of mine who is a nurse asked me if I had a recipe for something that would help with irritated skin from wearing a mask constantly. I sure do! This is a great, all purpose skin salve that you can use for all sorts of skin irritations. I use it frequently for cuts, scrapes, bug bites, or anywhere you have dry or inflammed skin. This recipe makes a big batch. I make this once a year. It is enough to give some away and still have plenty for yourself. Don't use this if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. You'll start by making a calendula infused oil. Calendula is a marigold, and it is super soothing for the skin. It's antiseptic, antibacterial, and helps to stop bleeding. So this salve is great for a natural first aid kit.

You can get the supplies to make this salve from Mountain Rose Herbs

1 cup carrier oil

dried calendula flowers

1/4 cup grated beeswax or carnuba wax

lavender essential oil

containers for storing the finished product (enough for 8 oz of product)

For the calendula oil, you'll need a cup of carrier oil (jojoba is my favorite- it's similar to our skin's natural oil so it absorbs nicely) and a handful of dried calendula flowers. Using a double boiler method, heat the oil and calendula over low heat in a covered pot for 30 minutes. Let it cool enough to handle, and strain the mixture through cheesecloth into a dry jar or bowl, and then transfer it back into the double boiler pot.

Add 1/4 cup of grated beeswax or carnuba wax (vegan option) to the oil, and warm it over low heat until the wax is melted completely. Once it's entirely melted, remove it from the heat and add 30-50 drops of lavender essential oil (optional- lavender oil is anti-inflammatory and pain relieving). Distribute the oil into clean jars and let it set. Apply as needed, a little goes a long way!

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