In this entry we want to show you a simple recipe to make a homemade ointment based on marigold (calendula officinalis). This ointment is special for treating chilblains, which we referred to in an earlier entrance. However, calendula ointments are not only used to treat chilblains. These ointments are authentic effective “rescue balms” to treat all kinds of skin problems.
Calendula is a kind of panacea that can be applied to almost all kinds of problems that we may have at the skin level. It is also safe for use in: dogs, cats, horses, cows, rabbits, goats, chickens and ducks as well.
As stated in the Instagram account of “le.boutique.natural” this ointment serves everything:
-To hydrate and protect the skin
-Hydrate hands and face
-Elbows and heels
In summary, this ointment is suitable to treat: diaper rash, scrapes, scratches, rashes, sores, chilblains, blisters, bruises (as calendula is anti-inflammatory), minor burns (also sunburns), insect bites, skin areas dry …
In short, an easy-to-prepare ointment that is perfect to have on hand in our emergency kit.
All you have to do is prepare a calendula macerated oil and add a little beeswax to thicken it. Approximately a ratio of one third of wax to three parts of oil.
However, we have wanted to add a little honey to our recipe to use it expressly with ulcerations caused by chilblains or even to treat possible skin burns since honey, together with aloe, is the best natural treatment for this kind of problem.
If we have chilblains and cold lesions, calendula, together with honey, will help us greatly to soften our skin.
LET’S GO WITH THE RECIPE …
To prepare about 50 gr, we will need:
50 gr of calendula oleate (or infused oil)
1 tablespoon of honey
12 gr of beeswax
We will put the oil and beeswax in a heat-resistant container. We will take it to the water bath, over medium-low heat, until the wax melts. We will remove from the heat and pour into a can or jar.
CALENDULA AND ROSEHIP BALM
This balm would be more properly the rescue balm that we talked about at the beginning of our article due to its suitability when treating all kinds of skin problems.
Calendula, as we have seen, has multiple properties to treat all kinds of skin problems. In this case, the action of calendula is enhanced by rosehip oil, which is an anti-stretch, anti-blemish oil and, above all, an exceptional cell regenerator.
15 gr of calendula oil
8 gr of beeswax
15 gr of rosehip oil
A few drops (2-3) of vitamin E
And a few drops of immortelle EO that helps regulate microcirculation and acts as an anti-inflammatory compound. Or, also possible, noble chamomile, which is another EO that treats all kinds of skin problems, from eczema to itching and small erythema or inflammation.
If instead of an ointment, you are a fan of solid cosmetics, it is also possible to prepare these solid marigold balm tablets.
CALENDULA LOTION BARS
2 tablespoons (29 g) shea butter (or mango or cocoa butter)
2 tablespoons (17 g) flaked beeswax
2 tablespoons (22 g) of infused calendula oil (calendula oleate).
Optional: A few drops of Carrot EO, which is exceptionally good for skin care.
Optional, but very interesting: A few drops (maximum 5 drops, as both the oil and the extract are very powerful) of sea buckthorn oil * to obtain benefits of skin regeneration and circulation activation.
* Sea buckthorn oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides) regenerates, strengthens and soothes the skin. It contains a lot of vitamin E and A, which is why it reinforces the skin’s natural protective barrier. It is recommended for mature skin and to soothe dry and cracked skin. Homemade creams with sea buckthorn pulp oil have an orange colour as this sea buckthorn pulp oil stains the preparations a bit.
You can get it at a good price, as it is usually quite expensive, in:
We will start by melting the beeswax in a water bath and we will add the butter and oil until everything is perfectly melted. Once melted, we will remove it from the heat and add the sea buckthorn oil, optionally, and pour the mixture into the silicone molds that we have chosen for this purpose.
We will leave a few hours for the tablets to harden well and can easily come out of the molds. If they resist, it is possible to put them in the freezer for a few minutes to facilitate unmolding.
When using them, it will be enough to rub them over the skin so that they melt and provide us with a thin moisturizing film. We can store them in glass jars away from temperature changes to prevent them from melting.
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