How to make a homemade calendula cream from scratch using handmade calendula healing oil. Calendula cream is a great healing cream/salve/ointment to use on the skin as it contains anti-inflammatory and powerful wound healing properties. This homemade version is 100 percent natural, containing no nasties, and is chemical-free, toxin-free, and handmade.
Calendula cream was the “Windex” of my childhood…
Whenever we got any bumps, bruises, scrapes or cuts, mum brought out the calendula cream and lathered that baby on.
Calendula is an anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour agent, and powerful wound healer. It’s a potent medicinal herb, particularly for skin ailments and rashes, including eczema, acne, even nappy rash.
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Homemade Calendula Cream
The first step in making this cream is to make a calendula-infused oil. Alternatively you can purchase a quality pre-made organic calendula oil if you don’t have the time or resources to make one. You’ll need one cup total of this infused oil for the recipe, but I always figure it’s better to make more so you have some ready for next time, or to use in other recipes and DIYs.
- 1 cup calendula oil
- 4 tbsp beeswax
- 20-30 drops essential oils (I used lavender and frankincense)
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water or rose water
- Sterilised glass jars or tins
- In a saucepan, bring several cups of water to a boil, and once boiling, turn down to a simmer and make a double boiler by placing the infused oil and beeswax either in a heat-proof bowl on top of the pot of water, or in a glass jar placed in the simmering water.
- Heat until the beeswax melts completely into the oil, stirring constantly throughout. Once melted, take off heat and stir in the essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into a blender, cover – except for the hole that is used for drizzling liquids in at the top. Turn on the blender and slowly drizzle in the water. You may need to scrape down the sides of your blender once or twice to make sure all of the water gets incorporated into the mixture.
- Pour the mix into your sterilised glass containers, and let the cream set for several hours before using.
- Since this cream is made with water and doesn’t contain any of the preservatives commonly found in store bought creams, it has a shorter lifespan of around 1-2 months, so store it in the fridge between uses.
Homemade calendula cream tutorial
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.
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Lots of love,