Calendula or marigold flowers are nature’s golden treasure to us. These beautiful flowers are packed with medicinal properties. With that said, spring is here! After the showers come the pretty flowers. Spring is the prerequisite to nature’s summer season. However, along with all the whimsy and beauty come the bug and insect bites. Annoying insect bites are the bane of spring and summer fun.
Every year I make my own insect bite salve. The more I find myself making DIY beauty products, the more I wanted to experiment. New formulations race through my mind daily. I envision and revise these new recipes then proceed to make them.
My base carrier oil is usually raw organic coconut oil. Coconut oil has lauric acid which helps cleanse the skin. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. There was a time when I used petroleum jelly to help soothe insect bites. Petroleum dried out the areas where I applied it to my skin. After learning that coconut oil can be drying to the skin, I began using it on insect bites. Eventually, that led me to making a coconut oil salve.
Calendula is also a great herbal remedy for the skin. I love this flower and decided to use it to make a new insect bite salve. Calendula has skin renewal benefits making it a superb herb to increase the potency of the salve. The golden flower is also anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and skin rejuvenating. Yes, it brightens the skin. Calendula sounds like the perfect remedy all on its own. This is why I used homemade calendula infused olive oil without coconut oil for this recipe. Here’s the recipe:
Calendula Insect Bite Salve Recipe
1) 2 oz. Organic Calendula Infused Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2) 1/4 Teaspoon Beeswax or Carnauba Wax
3) 1/4 Teaspoon Organic Comfrey Infused Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4) 15 drops Organic Lavender Essential Oil
5) 5 drops Organic Peppermint Essential Oil
6) 3 drops Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil
7) Pour the salve into 2 oz. tin jar and allow it harden then cover with lid (I store extra salve in smaller plastic jars or another tin jar)
Infused calendula and comfrey oils can be purchased here. if the salve is too liquid add small amounts of melted wax then stir until well blended. Remember that the wax will harden the oils.
That’s it! Easy and completed in to time at all. Next time, I’ll try this recipe with added coconut oil. Feel free to adjust the recipe. Let me know how it turned out!