Calendula (Calendula officinalis) not only impresses with its beautiful yellow and orange flowers, but also carries a healing effect. Calendula ointment is a miracle remedy that should not be missing in any medicine cabinet because of its numerous properties. In this article we show how to make a calendula ointment yourself with various ingredients.
Table of Contents
- What is the calendula ointment good for?
- Make calendula ointment yourself – What you need
- Recipes for homemade calendula ointment
What is the calendula ointment good for?
Because of its soothing and nourishing effect, calendula ointment is very popular in naturopathy and natural cosmetics. Calendula ointment has a wide range of applications – it can help with various injuries and abrasions, soothe burns and care for dry or cracked skin. It continues to provide good wind protection for facial skin and is also good for sore baby bottoms.
Make calendula ointment yourself – What you need
You can find calendula ointments and creams in any pharmacy or drugstore. But did you know that you can make your own calendula ointment from just a few ingredients? Here is a list of everything you need for the various recipes.
- Calendula – Depending on the recipe, you can use dried flowers or flower heads. Alternatively, the calendula ointment can be made with a calendula oil or tincture
- Carrier Material – In addition to the flowers, you will need an ingredient to give the ointment texture. The best options are beeswax (or carnauba wax if you want the ointment to be vegan), coconut oil, milking fat, petroleum jelly, lard, lanolin
- Carrier Oil – In some recipes, the flowers are first placed in a carrier oil or heated to help them release their oils. For example, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and others are suitable for this purpose.
- Optional: essential oils – Calendula has a mild, earthy scent, but is not very aromatic or floral on its own. Therefore, you can add a few drops of an essential oil of choice such as lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, etc. to the calendula ointment
- Optional: shea butter, propolis, honey, cocoa butter, vitamins
- Suitable dishes for a water bath
- Small jars or tins for storage
Make calendula oil yourself
If you have marigolds in your garden, you can use them to make your own oil extract! You will then use this to make the calendula salve. Here’s how.
1. Get some dried marigold flowers. Either use your own home grown flowers that you harvest and dry yourself or buy some.
2. Fill a clean glass jar with at least 3/4 of the dried calendula flower heads or about half of the dry petals. A canning jar works perfectly.
3. Pour cold-pressed carrier oil of choice over the dried calendula flowers until the jar is full and the flowers are completely submerged.
4. Place a lid on the container and store in a sunny, warm location to encourage infusion. A bright windowsill is perfect for this. Let the oil and flowers infuse for at least three weeks or up to a few months. Shake the mixture from time to time to prevent mold growth.
Or: If you want to make the calendula oil faster, you can try the following method. Mix the flower heads with the selected carrier oil and heat gently for about 15 minutes. Make sure that the oil does not get too hot, otherwise the flowers will be fried. You can also use the Thermomix for this method.
5. When the oil is infused, strain the flowers from the oil with a cloth or strainer.
You can also apply the calendula oil extract directly to the affected areas.
Recipes for homemade calendula ointment
The beneficial effects of this plant should not be underestimated. Calendula may look pretty and delicate, but it is extremely effective and really helps speed up healing. It does this by stimulating cell renewal and skin regrowth faster. It is also very soothing when the skin is injured or irritated. Here are a few recipes for a very simple ointment that you can make yourself at home.
DIY calendula ointment with beeswax
To make the ointment, take the pre-made oil extract and weigh it. For 100 g of ointment you need:
- 80 g of calendula oil (homemade or purchased).
- 20 g beeswax
- 5 drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil
- Optional: 2 tablespoons of shea butter
Melt the beeswax with the oil and shea butter in a water bath over medium heat. Remove the pot from the heat and add the essential oil. Then pour into small tins or jars and let cool. When the salve has cooled, it will harden to a nice, buttery consistency.
DIY calendula ointment with vitamin E
You can enhance the alkaline calendula salve with other ingredients such as vitamins and essential oils. Citrus oil, especially lemon essential oil, is antibacterial and antiviral, which can help prevent infections. The addition of vitamin E helps repair damaged skin, reduce scars, and also extends the shelf life of the ointment. You will need these ingredients:
- 180 ml calendula oil
- 70 g beeswax
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid vitamin E
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
Grate the beeswax and melt it together with the oil over low heat in a water bath, stirring occasionally.
Once the beeswax has melted, remove it from the heat and stir in the vitamin E and lemon essential oil until combined.
Pour the salve into a small covered metal or glass container and let it cool.
DIY calendula ointment with honey
Aside from being delicious and nutritious, raw honey is incredibly beneficial for the skin. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in enzymes, antioxidants and minerals, making it an ideal natural healer. Adding this ingredient makes calendula ointment even more effective. Below are the ingredients and instructions for this soothing salve.
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax pellets
- 3 tablespoons calendula oil (extract)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 10 drops of orange essential oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
Mix the calendula oil with beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. Put the mixture in a water bath and let it melt gently. Wait until the mixture has cooled down. Add the orange essential oil or other essential oils of your choice. When the mixture has cooled sufficiently, add the honey. Mix everything well, pour the mixture into a glass jar until it is still liquid and let it sit for 2 hours.
Recipe for calendula ointment with propolis
You can also make a simple yet highly effective calendula ointment yourself with propolis. Here are the ingredients:
- 100 ml calendula oil (extract).
- 1 1/2 teaspoon beeswax
- 10 g propolis
First melt the beeswax in a water bath, then add the calendula oil extract and mix well. Cool to about 40 degrees and add the propolis, stir well and pour into a suitable container.