Neitenbach Farm’s Calendula Salve
Yields 8 ounces
8 ounces calendula infused oil (see directions below)
1 ounce beeswax
Vitamin E oil (optional)
10-20 drops essential oil such as lavender (optional)
Glass jars or tin containers
The sun-loving calendula plants have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Grow the annuals in large pots. Once they bloom, pick flowers and dry. Continue this process until you have enough leaves to fill your glass jar or tin container. Coarsely crush the dried calendula flowers and place into a dry, sterilized glass jar. Cover with extra-virgin olive oil, leaving at least 1 to 2 inches of oil above the herbs. Place cap on jar tightly and position in a sunny place. Shake the jar once a day. Allow calendula to infuse for 2 to 6 weeks or until the oil takes on the color and aroma of the herb. When the oil is ready, strain using cheesecloth and bottle into a dry, sterilized bottle for storage. Make sure to press as much oil as possible from the calendula. To make the salve, place the calendula infused oil and beeswax over a double boiler and warm on low heat until the beeswax melts. Remove from heat and add the essential oil and vitamin E oil (if desired). Quickly pour into prepared tins or glass jars. Allow to cool completely. Salves should be stored in a cool location where they will remain semi-solid and will not continue to re-melt and re-solidify. If stored correctly, salves will last for 1 to 3 years.