Calendula Salve for Insect Bites
Every summer I make calendula salve for insect bites. 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 Herbal Oil Heals the Skin
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 is the perfect remedy all on its own. This is why I used homemade calendula infused olive oil without coconut oil for this salve. Fortunately, you can also buy organic infused herbal oils for this recipe at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Calendula Salve Recipe
2 oz. Organic Calendula Infused Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Beeswax or Carnauba Wax
1/4 Teaspoon Organic Comfrey Infused Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 drops Organic Lavender Essential Oil
6 drops Organic Niaouli Essential Oil
3 drops Organic Peppermint Essential Oil
3 drops Organic Vetiver or Tea Tree Essential Oil
Melt beeswax on low heat using a double boiler. Beeswax must be completely melted.
Gently stir in calendula and comfrey oils. Stir well.
Add essential oils and stir until salve is well blended.
If the salve begins to harden before all oils are added, use very low heat to melt.
Pour the salve into 2 oz. tin jar and allow to harden.
Cover with lid (store extra salve in smaller plastic jars or another tin jar).
*If the salve is too oily and liquid, melt small amounts of wax then stir until well blended. Remember that the wax will harden the oils.
How To Use the Salve
A clean Q-tip or cotton swab is dipped into the salve and applied to skin. Q-tips work best because they can be used on the specific areas where the salve is needed. Avoid double-dipping to prevent introducing bacteria into the remedy. After applying to skin, slight stinging may be experienced. The stinging is due to the analgesic effects of peppermint and tea tree essential oils. If redness or irritation occurs, wipe off salve and discontinue use. Research ingredients used in this salve before applying to skin if a medical condition already exists. Take precautions and ask your physician if this salve can be used without interfering with your medications.
*Store extra salve in smaller plastic or tin jar. Keep away from heat and refrigerate if necessary to prevent oils from melting.
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 to suit your preferences. The good news is that this calendula salve can be used year-round for minor skin irritations. Let me know how it turns out!