Calendula balm – so easy to make

Gave this a try yesterday and I’m really pleased with the results. First I had to find bees’ wax probably available everywhere in the UK but here in France I found it at our local bio shop.  The bag hold’s 400 grams and I only used 30 grams to make two jars so it goes a long way. The calendula was easy to find as it grows like a weed in the garden a must have plant in the veggie plot in my option. Last year mine were still in flower at Christmas and like sunflowers they just shout cheerful.

IMG_3792First I picked the petals from about 25 heads of calendula then I added 300 ml of bog standard olive oil making sure all the petals were coated. Next, this went into a bain marie and was kept on a very low simmer for three hours.

IMG_3793I then strained the oil using a muslin cloth and returned it to the bain marie along with 30grs of wax – I used wax pellets so it did not take long for the wax to melt. As soon as the wax and the oil combined I poured them into a couple of glass jars – as you can see not very evenly! The balm was put to the test this morning as I used it on my lips when I went out for a run – well I’ve just had to start running again after all that lovely crumble.

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8 thoughts on “Calendula balm – so easy to make

  1. Very interesting , can one also use other flower heads to make a balm. I have a vast quantity of dried rose petals , have you please got any ideas ? Thank you

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  2. You can make a balm with rose petals but it won’t have the anti inflammatory properties of the calendula. Make sure the petals are dry before you put them in the oil.

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  3. Might have to give this a go as the better half uses balm all of the time,she’s tried a few but goes back to the ones she likes and works. So may get the thumbs up or straight in the bin, if it works I wi let you know will have to remember to order them first.

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  4. I saw a similar recipe on tv but the calendula farmer dried his petals before covering with vegetable oil and leaving in a cool, dark cupboard for 3 months – giving a gentle shake every so often. Is it better to dry the petals first or use fresh? Heat in oil or keep in the cupboard for a few months? I’m planning to grow a lot of calendula so that I can make this, but unsure of best method – any advice for planting and making balm?

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  5. If you don’t heat then you can’t add the bees’ wax to make a balm so you’ll end up with an infused oil. I believe (I’m no expert!) that the idea is to get the essential oils from the calendula and the best time for this is a sunny day after any moisture has evaporated from the petals. Calendula is one of the easiest annuals to grow I just sow thinly, in spring, in a sunny spot- they really do take no looking after. I’ve just been out gathering seed and have about half a bucket full with masses more to come -you only have to buy seed once! Now I’ve made the balm I think in the future I’d use much smaller jars.

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