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Calendula Tea

Drink calendula tea to cure an upset stomach, reduce skin inflammations, and combat infections. It is a great post-meal drink that helps with indigestion and, when taken regularly, helps cleanse the body and improve overall health.

What you will need:

  • 2 teaspoons of calendula petals
  • A cup of water
  • A pot
  • A strainer
  • A cup
  • Lemon (optional)
  • Honey (optional)

Instructions for making your calendula tea:

  • Put the calendula petals in a pot.
  • Pour boiling water over the petals.
  • Let the tea steep for about 15 minutes.
  • Strain the tea into cups.
  • Add honey and lemon to your liking.

Calendula Salve

A salve is a must-have in any home. It is an ointment that can treat various minor medical conditions including bites, stings, cuts, scratches, burns, rashes, and swelling. Some salves can also be used to treat boils, sebaceous cysts, hemorrhoids, and stretch marks.

A salve with calendula as its main ingredient is effective in treating these conditions, along with muscle pain, menstrual and stomach cramps, eczema, topical thrush, warts, athlete’s foot, sunburn, and many other ailments.

Making your own natural salve provides you with all the benefits of the plant but without the worry of chemical substances like petroleum products that most over-the-counter ointments contain. Also, your DIY calendula salve will help you save money.

To make your salve even more potent, you can add other herbs.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of calendula petals
  • 1 to 2 cups of olive oil or hemp oil
  • ½ cup of beeswax
  • 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • A stainless steel pot
  • A strainer/cheesecloth/tea filter
  • Jars with covers

Instructions for making your calendula salve:

  • Make calendula-infused oil by filling a pot with your olive oil or hemp oil and calendula petals.
  • Place the pot over low heat. Stir occasionally, making sure the oil doesn’t get too hot. One way to determine the temperature is to look for tiny bubbles. If you reach this stage, maintain it for two hours. Anything hotter than that is bad for your infusion.
  • When your calendula oil is at the tail end of its infusion, you can begin melting your beeswax. Just place it over low heat, preferably from a double boiler. You also need to control its temperature. Your calendula oil and melted beeswax should be of the same temperature when you mix them later.
  • Separate the petals from the oil infusion using a strainer. Get as much of the oil as you can.
  • While the beeswax is still in the double boiler, pour the calendula oil slowly into it. Slowly stir them together.
  • Add 5 to 10 drops of your lavender essential oil and stir to combine.
  • Add 5 drops of tea tree oil and stir.
  • While still warm, pour your end-product into your jars or containers and let them sit. Once they cool down and solidify, you can put the jar lids on. Keep them in a cool place.

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Calendula Soap

Making soap using calendula is another way of benefiting from the plant. By making your own soap, you enjoy an all-natural and skin-sensitive soap that anyone in your family, even your baby, can use.

What you will need:

  • 4 ounces of calendula-infused oil
  • 24 ounces of olive oil
  • 12 ounces of lye
  • 24 ounces of coconut oil
  • 38 ounces of vegetable shortening
  • 32 ounces of distilled water
  • Dried botanical herbs (optional)
  • A plastic container with cover for molding
  • A stainless steel pot
  • A thermometer
  • Wooden spoons
  • Glass containers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Eye protection

Instructions for making your calendula soap:

  • Start by making your calendula oil. Gather some petals and add them to a pot with olive oil. Place them over low heat and stir occasionally. After 2 hours, strain the petals and pour the infusion in a jar.
  • Use some of your vegetable shortening to grease your soap mold. Put some on the sides and bottom. Set the mold aside.
  • Use a wooden spoon to dissolve the lye with cold water in a glass container. Set aside.
  • Melt the rest of your vegetable shortening and coconut oil in a pot. Place over low heat and stir continuously with a different wooden spoon.
  • After the shortening and coconut oil have melted, remove the pot from the heat and add the olive oil.
  • You should now have two mixtures. Continue stirring both mixtures with their respective wooden spoons. Check the temperatures. They should be somewhere between 95° and 98°F. If they are too hot, you can place the container in a cold bath. You can also use a hot bath if they aren’t warm enough.
  • Once you achieve the desired warmth, pour the lye mixture into the oil mixture in a gradual steady stream. Stir continuously as you pour.
  • The mixture should become creamy and thick after 10 minutes of continuous stirring. Once it has reached this consistency, you can add all your dried herbs. Scoop around 2 cups of your soap mixture and pour it into another container and then add your herbs and other ingredients. Stir them in quickly. Pour this new mixture back into your soap mixture and stir once more.
  • It’s time to make your bar of soap. Pour the mixture into your mold, cover it and place in a warm area with blankets over it. Leave it for 18 hours.
  • The soap mixture should now have solidified. Remove the lid and let it sit for at least 8 more hours. Take the soap out and slice into smaller pieces.

Calendula is a gardener’s favorite, not only because it produces such lovely, vibrant, mood-boosting blooms, but because it is such an effective natural remedy for many ailments.

Plant some calendula and perk up your garden and your health!

Grow Calendula at home >> Growing tips, cultivation and medicinal uses.

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