DIY: Simple Calendula Salve |

DIY: Simple Calendula Salve

Sarena-Rae Santos March 8, 2013

This recipe is perfect for getting you hooked on making your own herbal remedies. It is a simple salve combining oil, calendula, and beeswax. The combination of ingredients creates a solidified ointment with healing and soothing properties for all occasions.

The wonderful part about this salve is the potential to customize it with essential oils. Personally, I added Earthley’s Skin and Scalp Essential Oil Blend at a 1% dilution (72 drops) to help heal some old surgical scars. Earthley combined the citrusy notes of geranium and neroli with the richness of sandalwood to create this therapeutic essential oil blend that encourages soothing and healing. When used topically, this blend can help repair dry or damaged skin, soothe a dry scalp, and reduce redness. This blend is also calming, relaxing, and not heavily scented. This essential oil blend has a 0.5% and 2% dilution recommendation. 

If you are not entirely ready to make your own or need something similar until your materials come in, Earthley’s All-Purpose Salve is a great option. All-Purpose Salve is the perfect remedy for minor scrapes, cuts, rashes, burns, and more. Safe for all ages, this multi-purpose salve stick is a must-have for any family. 

Health Benefits of Calendula

If you read our Calendula Herbal Profile, you’d know calendula has been used internally and topically for centuries to heal wounds, burns, and rashes. Still, it does so much more, including but not limited to the following:

  • Rich in antioxidants (1)
  • Spasmolytic and spasmogenic properties (2)
  • Antiviral properties (3)
  • Antifungal properties (4)
  • May promote wound healing (5)
  • May improve skin health (6)
  • May support heart health (7)
  • May support oral health (8)
  • Anticancer properties (9)

Learn more about the benefits of calendula with our calendula herbal profile.

Simple Calendula Salve

Ingredients & Materials: 


Step 1: Place the calendula flowers in a mason jar and completely cover the calendula flowers with olive oil before securing the lid on the jar.

Step 2: Get a pot and fill it with water before placing your mason jar into the water (the water should cover ¾ of the mason jar) for a proper infusion.

Step 3: Heat the water to a light simmer and let the oil infuse in the heat for 1-2 hours. You can start with medium heat and then drop to a low simmer when it starts to bubble the slightest (anything hotter may cause the glass to explode). Be sure to check the water level every 15 minutes and add water to the pot as necessary. 

Step 4: When the oil is infused, it should be a more golden/orange color. When it has reached that color, remove it from the heat. 

Step 5: Strain the infusion through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth into another glass mason jar. Be sure to squeeze all the oil from the calendula flowers.

Step 6: Pour out some of the water in the pot from the infusion process leaving enough to cover approximately half of the mason jar preparing for the melting process.

Step 7: Add the beeswax to the oil infusion and put it back on the stovetop in the water to melt the beeswax, occasionally mixing with a wooden utensil.

Step 8: When the beeswax is completely melted, pour it into the container of your choice. Let the salve cool, and use it for any skin issues your family might be experiencing.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended as medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and nothing in this post is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. If you have questions, please do your own research or seek advice from a health professional.

What’s your favorite way to use calendula flowers?

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Sarena-Rae Santos
Sarena-Rae Santos' journey to natural health began in 2019 when she swayed away from allopathic medicine after becoming wheelchair-bound due to the side effects of 20+ medications. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and dizziness due to nystagmus were the sources of her many health complications. Sarena's symptoms diminished after adopting a healthier lifestyle surrounding whole foods and herbs, leaving her a fantastic quality of life and a passion for educating people.
  1. I recently ordered calendula herbal oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. I’m new to making herbal remedies, so I’m assuming that means if I were to make this, I would simply skip the first part of the directions? If so, exactly how much of the oil would I need to use with a 1/4 cup of beeswax?


  2. Could you add an essential oil to it as well (for smell as well as any healing properties)?


  3. […] Calendula Salve – Great for chapped lips, dry skin, diaper rash, eczema, sore nipples, varicose veins and to soothe burns […]


  4. […] To see my full how-to post on Modern Alternative Health read here! […]


  5. […] for the next 12 hours. Take out the herbs and you have an infusion! I also use calendula to make a soothing salve for dry skin and diaper […]


  6. […] ointment – you can make your own.  There are plenty of recipes like this one but I still have half of a small jar that I bought some years ago.  It is a useful addition to […]


  7. […] Calendula Salve – Great for chapped lips, dry skin, diaper rash, eczema, sore nipples, varicose veins and to soothe burns […]


  8. Could I substitute organic coconut oil for the olive oil?


  9. Can you do this in a crockpot (put the jar in that) instead of in a pot on the stove? Would I do high or low for the temperature? Thanks!


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