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All Purpose Salve

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When you have little ones in the house, there seems to be an endless supply off boo-boos, bug bites, and itchy skin.  I like to keep things very simple, which is why I really love essential oils. I have, literally, traded so many products over to a very minimalistic shelf with essential oils and some other holistic remedies.

This all-purpose salve is good for so many things. The coconut oil and olive oil bring nourishment, while the beeswax is known to lock in moisture, foster cells, and protect skin from damaging environmental factors. For children, the BEST two essential oils to have on hand are melaleuca and lavender.

Melaleuca (tea tree oil) is renowned for it’s cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin.  Lavender is known as a universal oil that is extremely beneficial to helping many conditions. Combine these two together and you have a powerful weapon to aid in relief.

This salve is cloth diaper safe and newborn-safe. The essential oil dosages in this recipe do not exceed the recommendations for a newborn. I highly recommend using a very safe essential oil with therapeutic benefits. Keep this salve on hand for ANYTHING!

All Purpose Salve

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil (where to buy)
  • 1/2 cup of Olive Oil (where to buy)
  • 1/4 Cup of Beeswax (where to buy online) – but find a local beekeeper! I got a 1 lb block for $6.99 at a local co-op!
  • 1/3 Cup of Calendula Flowers (where to buy online) – I got it for $.50 at a local co-op!
  • 15 drops of Melaleuca  – add 10 drops more for older children
  • 15 drops of Lavender  – add 10 drops more for older children

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put the coconut oil and olive oil in a double boiler. Melt the coconut oil if it isn’t melted already.
  2. Add the calendula flower petals (dried) and simmer on low for around 2 hours. Make sure to stir a few times during the process. You can also add the oil and calendula to a crockpot and put on low for up to 3 hours.
  3. Strain the mixture into a bowl through a cheesecloth.
  4. Now add the calendula oil back to the saucepan and add the beeswax. Melt the beeswax.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool for around 15 minutes.
  6. Add the essential oils and stir.
  7. Pour into a glass jar and store for up to a year! Makes 1 cup!

 

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145 Responses to All Purpose Salve

  1. medrushi January 22, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    thanks for sharing

  2. Nat January 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Looks like value for money too, thanks:)

  3. Christina January 24, 2014 at 1:26 am #

    I have Calendula oil here I got from an herb store. Could I use that instead of the actual calendula flowers?
    Thanks!

    • Susan Alexander January 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      I want to know this too…

    • Sarah c May 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

      I want to know also.

    • Barbara August 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      I think that would be ok. πŸ™‚

  4. Erin January 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I’m allergic to beeswax, so I’m wondering if I could use cocoa butter bars instead and melt them in place of beeswax??

    • The Paleo Mama January 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      I’m not too sure. I’ve never used cocoa butter in place of beeswax.

    • Austin February 14, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Use candelilla wax! You use half as much candelilla as you would beeswax. So, in this case, 1/8 cup.

      • Tania July 19, 2015 at 9:34 am #

        The beeswax is just holding it together a bit better (I’m sure it has good powers too, but the oils seem to be the major working part of this recipe, much like my homemade suntan lotion) so you could just go without it and you’ll just find it more susceptible to the heat (i.e. it’ll melt into an oil if your house is warm! You could keep it in the fridge to keep it in a solid state as coconut oil will then solidify. Also you could try Shea butter – that has a lower melting point too and may keep it more solid without being refrigerated.

  5. TeaJae January 25, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Any alternative to my beloved coconut oil since I just developed an allergy to it and dr said no more πŸ™

    • Carol D. January 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

      maybe you just need to find a better source of coconut oil ??? M.D.’s will nix anything that is not RX usually !!! Good virgin unprocessed coconut oil is the best.

      • TeaJae February 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

        @Carol D no when I used Extra virgin organic coconut oil any brand any kind I’ve used several same reaction, I ended up with red insanely itchy blisters bumps and my skin peeled and actually hurt. My ND not MD told me not to use it any longer.

        • Tara K February 16, 2014 at 7:54 am #

          is it possible that you were using coconut oil alone and that was the issue? or was it mixed into other products? sometimes, the coconut oil can be extremely drying on the skin by itself, but when mixed with, say EVOO or another oil like jojoba, it doesn’t have that effect (I only ask because my youngest son had a similar reaction to straight coconut oil on his skin and it flared his eczema, but once it was mixed with other products it worked beautifully)…

          I hope you find an alternative that works for you!!! πŸ™‚

    • Austin February 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      Instead, use a 1:5 ratio of beeswax to oil for a nice, thick salve.

    • Leona June 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      You could use Shea butter or cocoa butter in its place πŸ™‚

    • SarahL July 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      Shea butter or cocoa butter would work instead of coconut oil. However, coconut oil is softer than either of thise two, so you will probably have to cut back a little on the beeswax, unless you want a firmer salve. I suppose that would be more like a thick ointment. I would start with half the beeswax, scoop a little onto a spoon while it’s still hot, put it in cold water, and then add more wax if the ointment is too runny.

  6. Maggie January 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    can i use the calendula flower oils instead of the actual flower pedals

    • The Paleo Mama January 28, 2014 at 6:25 am #

      I’m sure that would work fine!

    • Katherine January 29, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      How much calendula oil would you use in place of the calendula flowers? Also, this would eliminate the need to simmer the oil for 2 hrs, correct?

      • Sarah c May 19, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

        Good question.

      • SarahL July 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

        Use the calendula oil in place of the olive oil, same amount,

  7. Trish F January 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    You can use all olive oil or sub the coconut oil with almond, avocado, grapeseed oils.
    A substitute for beeswax might be emulsifying wax. It won’t impart the healing properties you would get with the beeswax, but the consistancy would be similar.

  8. Jalisa January 28, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    Can’t I just buy it from some where I’m not good with making stuff and I really want to try this for my daughter????

  9. Kristin January 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Wow! This is very very very similar to my go-to salve I posted last week. Great minds think a like. πŸ™‚

  10. Nicole Kezama January 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Do you think this might offer relief for psoriasis?

    • The Paleo Mama February 3, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      I would think it would help! Check with your doctor though.

  11. stella baer February 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Your post says to use 10 extra drop for older children, what is the age range you would keep it to only the 15 drops?

    • The Paleo Mama February 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

      I would say above 4 years old.

      • VΓ©ronique August 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

        Would the recipe be different if it was to be used by an adult (I don’t have children)?

        • The Paleo Mama September 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

          You could add more essential oil to it if you would like.

  12. Jessica February 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    About how much calendula oil are you adding at step 4? (I want to use oil I already have.)

    • The Paleo Mama February 9, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      I didn’t use calendula oil…just the dried flower petals.

  13. ana February 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    so excited! I’ve been buying bum bum balm off of amazon at $13+shipping for a small jar of basically this for my lo since she was born. and I’ve been saving the metal jars for my own attempts at trying to recreate it based off their ingredient list but now I have a recipe! yay! thank you for sharing!!

    so dimpleskins (maker of above mentioned bum bum balm) also has a sweet cheeks-with lavender, and a sniffles – with eucalyptus. betcha i can make the sniffles one as well – how many drops of eucalyptus oil you think would be necessary?

    • The Paleo Mama February 17, 2014 at 9:39 am #

      You can sub out one of the other oils for eucalyptus.

  14. Austin February 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    You could sub the calendula petals for an equal amount of any other herb, or even an herbal tea blend.

  15. Kendra Burrows February 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Do you have any recommendations about substitutions for the lavendar (either in this salve or in general)? I am highly allergic and avoid natural creams, lotions, & ointments because most contain this ingredient.

    • The Paleo Mama February 17, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      You can use any essential oil that you would like!

    • Robyn Tooley April 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

      Roman Chamomile has a lot of the same healing properties as Lavender. It is also another essential oil found to be gentle enough to use on infant skin.

  16. Julie Moss February 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Would this be helpful for bed sores? My mother has Alzheimer’s & is bedridden. She has a place on her tailbone that is not broken through yet, but is very close & very painful. I just began using pure aloe to see if that will help. I also have a tube of calendula cream to try if the aloe doesn’t work.

    • The Paleo Mama February 17, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      I think this would be very helpful for bed sores!

  17. JudyB February 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    Is melaleuca the same as tea tree oil? Thanks! It keeps coming up on the same search and I’m not familiar with it. I have everything else. πŸ™‚

  18. Liane February 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    How do you measure your beeswax? Melted? Grated? Maybe you could put weight in oz rather than volume in cups

  19. April Ellis February 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    What about adding myrrh oil for added benefit?

    • The Paleo Mama February 17, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      That would be great!

      • Kristina June 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

        How much Myrrh would you add?

        • Jackie Ritz June 27, 2015 at 7:17 am #

          If you are substituting it for one of the other essential oils, you can use 10 drops. If you are adding it, I’d recommend 4-5 drops

  20. Mrs G February 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    This really works! I has a cold calendula infusion (cannot remember if made with olive or sunflower oil) sitting in my cupboard since months and I just used that instead of the method suggested here.
    I made it today and a few hours after application my skin looks already better.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  21. Christina February 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Please be mindful that Lavender essential oil is estrogenic and should not be used on little boys.

  22. Megan February 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    This works great for acne too! I made it on Wednesday (today’s Saturday) and my acnes already greatly improved. I started having trouble with acne along my chin about 6 months ago, it’s pretty bad. I guess I should say I’m older and have only ever had the occasional breakout. I’ve tried a handful of different remedies. This one is working wonderfully. The acne feeling like it was healing was first, the next day the redness was fading and you could tell it was going to scar by the dark brown marks left. By today, even the dark brown marks are fading into a light brown. It’s not all completely gone, but well on its way.
    Thanks for posting this recipe, I’m looking forward to trying it on whatever I can.
    I subbed avocado oil for the olive oil. I don’t think it’s any better, just didn’t have olive oil on hand at the time. I have to rave about your recipe, it’s pretty fantastic.

  23. Shandi Horstman March 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Currently in the process of simmering my oils and calendula petals…and it seems as though the petals are slightly burned. I had the flame on low the entire time. Did anyone else experience a slight burning smell while making it? Also, if it is in fact burned, could I still use it, or should I toss it? I hate wasting ingredients like this! Such a bummer πŸ™

    • Chrissy July 3, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

      I am experiencing the same problem. Did you find a solution?

  24. Sharon Spears March 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    I used a recipe very similar to this on a burn on my arm. I usually scar with some brown-ish discoloration, but not only did it heal quickly, it didn’t scar! And it also relieved the pain and itch

  25. Elaine March 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Thank you! I hope it heals cracked heels.

  26. Mary J. March 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I am allergic to bee stings and get a similar reaction if I use beeswax. Is there anything I can use as a substitute for the beeswax in this recipe? I have emulsifying wax but not sure if that would be suitable. Thanks for any advice you can give.

    • The Paleo Mama March 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

      I would try cocoa or shea butter!

    • Sajata April 26, 2014 at 1:39 am #

      Candelilla Wax

  27. Denise March 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    The salve looks whipped like others I have seen. Nothing in the directions about this. Does it look like the photo when it is done?

  28. Larisa March 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi. I`m trying to make this salve today, but, even the heat is on very, very low, the oils together with the calendula flowers, smell like … they are burning or something like this. Is coming out smoke … I`m not sure if this is a good idea to expose these virgin cold-pressed oils to a source of heat for 2 hours, and I`m wondering if their healing properties are not compromised?
    Thanks!

    • Tara March 25, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

      I’m having the same problems with the burning flowers. I strained them out, but not sure if I should use the oil that is left over?

      • The Paleo Mama March 29, 2014 at 11:10 am #

        I am sorry! I’m not sure what happened. I think it’s important to make sure you are simmering on low so you don’t burn the petals.

        • Wendy June 11, 2014 at 10:59 am #

          I have seen that some stoves, even when put on as low as they will go, still want to do a small simmer or even a very low boil. But you can get things to put on the burner to take the pan a little farther from the heat to slow it down. I have seen things you can use for this but can’t tell you right now where to find them.
          Could you use a double boiler if there is a problem with burning?

          • The Paleo Mama June 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

            You could definitely use a double boiler!

  29. sara April 16, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    I’m making this specifically to use as a nipple cream, but I was wondering if it worked well as a diaper rash ointment. I know you said that it was cloth diaper safe, but I didn’t know if that meant that you used it for diaper rash or if you had another recipe for that.

    Also, are the petals supposed to turn dark brown? Mine are on the stove on low right now and want to make sure they aren’t burnt like the two women above mentioned. Just wondering if maybe I need to swap to the crock pot.

    • Sajata April 26, 2014 at 1:45 am #

      I don’t think it is a good idea to use this recipe on your nipple – unless you omit the essential oils. Even though some brands claim they are safe for ingestion – i wouldn’t take that chance on my infant.

      • Sajata April 26, 2014 at 1:47 am #

        I think it will be an Amazing Diaper Rash ointment…

        • Sara May 22, 2014 at 8:58 am #

          I have used it a couple of times now at the beginning of a diaper rash and it cleared it right up! I’ll definitely be keeping it on hand πŸ™‚

  30. Kim April 25, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I am also wondering about how much calendula oil to use instead of simmering the flowers. Anyone?? Really want to try this!

  31. Susy May 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    I just made this similar recipe minus the calendula flowers and it was “liquidy” so I put it in the fridge and it firmed up nicely so that night I put some on my feet (with socks) and the next morning it was “liquidy” again so now I have to keep it in the fridge…..how come mine isn’t creamy?? any ideas??

  32. Mia May 31, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Helio, I would like to ask if I could use propolis instead of beeswax? Thank you.

    • The Paleo Mama June 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      I have heard that is a good substitute although I have never tried it! Please let me know how it works!

  33. Irene Donovan June 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Thanks for this recipe. My son has eczema on his chin and hated having to use either petroleum product or prescription steroid cream. I made this tonight. It’s yellower than yours and I added a few drops of Frankinscense for the smell and healing and replaced the olive with Grapeseed. When I was cooking the calendula in the oil it smelled like it was burning ( I never boiled it, just almost simmered). But, when I poured the oil through a cheesecloth strainer, it looked fine. I feel so empowered making this and knowing it has zero chemicals, etc. Thank you so much! I love your blog.

  34. Chris July 5, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    I made this recipe yesterday and for some reason my final product is not creamy/whipped looking like your photo. It has more of a solid consistency. Did I do something wrong?!?

    • The Paleo Mama July 25, 2014 at 9:10 am #

      No…it just depends on the temperature of the salve. I took the picture right after I made it so it looks more whipped.

  35. Sonya July 31, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    I’m getting ready to make this for the first time. I am wondering if it makes a difference as to the type of container that it is put in? The article mentions a glass jar, but I was planning to put mine in plastic lotion containers with lids. Would that be okay?

    • The Paleo Mama September 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Since it’s a salve, it will be ok in plastic but glass or tin would be better.

  36. celina September 3, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Is there something else I can use to strain it besides cheesecloth?

  37. Jessica September 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    I’m STILL waiting for someone to respond with how much calendula OIL they used in place of the flowers!!!! lol!! Anyone!?

  38. Lisa November 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Could lavender not be used? Or is there something in it’s place if it should be in there?

    • The Paleo Mama January 5, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      You could leave it out if you had to and add another oil that is good for the skin like Frankincense.

  39. Laura November 18, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    I just made this and it is a liquid form as well, unless it is always in the fridge. And it melts upon touch. I substituted shea butter for the beeswax. Should I add some beeswax to make it into a solid?

  40. Sam November 26, 2014 at 4:54 am #

    maybe 6 to 7 drops

  41. Katherine December 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    There are several lavenders.You would be referring to Lavender angustifolia. Important to use Latin Binomial. Lower grade and sometimes adulterated is Lavindin L.intermedia.

  42. Melissa December 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    How much does this make?

  43. Jessica December 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    I attempted making this and my flower petals and they turned black. Should this happen?

    Thanks!

    • The Paleo Mama January 5, 2015 at 10:39 am #

      No it shouldn’t. You need to make sure it’s on very low heat.

  44. Mandi December 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    Just wondering if the only reason for needing to strain through cheese cloth is to get rid of petals?

  45. Amanda January 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    I don’t have calendula flowers or oil. Can I just omit or substitute with something else? I have a pretty good selection of doTERRA oils. Would any of them work? Frankincense maybe? My main purpose for making this is for eczema for my kids. Thanks!

    • The Paleo Mama January 5, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      You can leave it out but it’s more beneficial with it.

  46. Amanda January 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    Oh, I also have the HD Clear Topical Blend. Would that be a good sub? And if so, how many drops would you recommend?

    • The Paleo Mama January 5, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      You could use that! Use the same amount of drops as the lavender and melaleuca.

  47. Shannon January 3, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    I love this salve. Today was my third time making it. I always make a double batch because I give it away as gifts, and I get so much great feedback. Seriously the best thing ever!

  48. Shannon January 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    I use a mesh metal strainer,.

  49. Gail January 6, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    I’m making some right now, too, and yes, the flowers seem to be fying and smoking (and kind of stinky!) from simmering in the oils. The flame on my stove is very, very low. I have the same question… will it still be usable, or have a just wasted ingredients?

    • The Paleo Mama January 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

      It should not be frying or smoking…you may need to turn it down as low as you can on your stove.

  50. Gail January 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Yes, the flame was turned down as low as it could possibly be and still be lit.
    I tried again today using a double boiler… MUCH better results. So the lesson here is, if you use a gas stove, heat the oils and flowers in a double boiler or crock pot.

  51. Shari January 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    I saw someone asked about substituting calendula oil for the flowers but didn’t see a response. I also already have the oil. Does anyone know how much oil would be used in place of the petals and would this omit the 2 hour simmer stage?

  52. Allison January 29, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    I know this is late but I just made it and used 15 drops calendula oil to keep it even with the EOs. It came out beautifully but nobody has had any boo-boos yet and the butt to be diapered is yet to be born so I will update once we have used it. πŸ™‚

  53. Leslie February 1, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    Can this salve be used daily for a toddler with eczema?

  54. Cassi March 19, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    Can you substitute organic calendula oil for flowers?

  55. ashamaree March 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    If you omit the flowers and use oil instead would you still need to simmer for two hours?

  56. ashamaree March 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    If i used the calendula oil instead of the flowers would i still need to simmer for 2 hours? Also when would i add the oil?

  57. Ethan March 31, 2015 at 3:46 am #

    Great thing here. Defiantly going to make this. What’s the best way to store this? Room temp, cooled, freezer.

    • The Paleo Mama March 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

      It should be fine at room temperature in most climates.

  58. Tara April 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    I made this today and it turned out great! I simmered the calendula flowers and oil in a small crock pot for 3 hours. They were perfect…not dark/burnt or overcooked. I then strained the flowers from the oil and added the oil and beeswax into a double boil to melt the beeswax. I then cooled for 15 minutes, added the oils and poured into jars. Thanks for the recipe! This is great!!!

    • The Paleo Mama April 12, 2015 at 8:14 am #

      So glad you enjoyed the process and the salve. It’s great.

  59. Kira April 14, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    I am wondering the same thing! Thinking of doing 10-15 since the other oils are 15 drops. That’s what I am going to try. Another recipe I had that required calendula infused oil said 1/2 teaspoon of that so I suppose we could go drops based on that too.

  60. Bri May 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi My mother is allergic to lavender, so I was wondering if you had a recommendation on something I could use instead?

  61. Adrienne May 15, 2015 at 2:57 am #

    I love this recipe! thanks so much for sharing! I’ve followed the instructions carefully, but i’ve found it to be too firm (the best way i can discribe is that the consistancy is harder than lipgloss) do you have any suggestions to give it a smoother consistancy ?

    • Jackie Ritz May 15, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Try adding more coconut oil, and next time using less beeswax. Sometimes that helps to give you a softer recipe. Just be careful not to reheat it very high, just enough to melt the coconut oil

      • Adrienne May 15, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

        Thanks! I will try that today.

  62. Alba May 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Do you need to use a Cheesecloth or would something else to strain it be ok too?

    • Jackie Ritz May 18, 2015 at 9:05 am #

      Something with a tight weave such as a clean kitchen towel could work, and if you have a very fine sieve you could try that.

  63. Hannah May 25, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    How do you use this for a flaky scalp? Im curious and interested in trying because nothing seems to be helping my itchy flaky scalp

    • Jackie Ritz May 26, 2015 at 10:31 am #

      It would be best to wet your hair, then apply a small amount of the salve, rubbing it in well. Wait 1-2 minutes then shampoo it out as you shampoo your hair. Repeat as needed.

  64. Jen May 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi,
    I used calendula flower powder instead which gave it a honey glow instead( I also strained)
    And added vitamin E to prolong shelf life

  65. Lynn May 31, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    I can’t remember if I previously left a comment… But I just wanted to share that we love this stuff!!!! My son has eczema and it works a lot better than cortisone, which I always hated using! One batch lasted a few months, and today I’ll be making more. With this batch I’ll be adding helichrysum too, which my sons skin responds really well to. Thanks Paleo Mama!

  66. Kay June 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Has anyone used this for acne/acne scarring?? The coconut and olive oil I believe are comedogenic.

  67. Carlene July 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi why is it only good for one year?

    • Jackie Ritz July 4, 2015 at 7:05 am #

      The oils and beeswax begin to degrade after about one year, and the consistency will change

  68. Aymee July 30, 2015 at 7:28 am #

    I love this recipe. I make it for gifts for everyone and they all love it. A girlfriend of mine has skin problems and she works in surgery. The combination of the soaps and gloves keeps her hand broke out terrible. But she keeps this stuff rubbed on her hands several times a day. Keeps them healthy.

    I will tell you, tho, that Pinterest sent me an email this morning saying they had to delete my pin (from this blog) of this. Thank goodness I could still find you online.

    You have a great blog.

  69. Guest July 30, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    If you don’t want this recipe pinned to Pinterest, then here is a great idea: DON’T HAVE A PINTEREST PIN ON YOUR WEBSITE!! I received a lovely email from Pinterest that stated that this one of my pins had been removed due to a copyright complaint. And, the pin in question was one that I had pinned, from your site, using the red Pinterest button that you have provided!!!!!

    • Jackie Ritz July 30, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      I definitely do want you to pin anything you would like, however, due to a new policy with my essential oil company, I had to remove some images that included photos of the companies bottles.

      • Vanessa July 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

        I received the same email from Pinterest. This is a great recipe – do you think it would be safe to re-pin it since you’ve honored your EO company’s new policy? πŸ™‚

  70. Ann Rein July 30, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    I just read above that ‘oil and beeswax start to degrade after one year’. Coconut oil has an extremely long shelf life and beeswax does not degrade at all, really.

  71. Rhonda Thom August 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    I started making this today and noticed the first time I took the lid off to stir the calendular flowers in the oils that it smelled like they were burning. I can’t make my atove go any lower, is this normal and will my salve be OK to use still? I noticed that the comfrey salve says to do this similar recipe in a double boiler. Should that be how I am to do this recipe as well? I hope the method I am using is correct and that I have not ruined my salve as I made a double batch and it would be a huge waste of the products I just purchased to make this with πŸ™

  72. Rhonda Thom August 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    My petals also went dark brown and smelled a bit burned. Is my oil still OK for use? Or do I need to start all over?

  73. Dorota October 28, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Maybe I’m doing something wrong but simmering flower petals in hot oil just burns it, is that a right thing to do?

    Please let me know

    D

  74. Ann November 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Many dried herbs/flowers are too delicate for direct heat of any kind. Infuse your oil with the dried flowers by putting the dried botanicals in a pint jar in simmering water on the stove, keeping the water between 100Β°-120Β°, turning it on and off to maintain temperature, for 2-3 hrs. If using a crock pot, heat for 8-12 hrs on the lowest setting. The lower the heat and the slower the infusion, the stronger your herbal oil will be. Before you start, rub the dried flowers between your fingers to perk up the scent. Put the dried flowers into one or two coffee filters and staple them shut. Put the coffee filter pouch into the jar and cover it with your oil to within 1″ from the top. Cover with a lid, but not tight. Put a wash cloth in the bottom of the pan/crock pot and set the filled jar(s) on top of the cloth. This cuts down on the direct heat. Stir the contents and squeeze the pouch with a spoon a few times during infusion. When you’re done, gently squeeze out excess oil and use the pouch for a bath tea and have a nice relaxing bath, or discard in compost pile!

  75. Brenda December 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    This is amazing stuff!! Works great for my daughter’s excema. Making triple batches (I do it in a small crock pot) for Christmas gifts right now! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  76. Bridget May 6, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi! Any reason one couldn’t substitute calendula oil for the flowers & skip the steeping/straining process altogether? Thanks for your input!

    • Jackie Ritz May 7, 2016 at 7:39 am #

      I have not tried it that way, but it should work. Give it a try!

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