Twelve years ago I had a baby girl that had a diaper rash so bad that it appeared nothing worked to relieve it. I had tried petroleum jelly, zinc oxide cream, even honey and cornstarch, the pediatrician had also prescribed cortisone cream to help it. Absolutely nothing worked and the rash was turning into sores. Somewhere along the way (I honestly do not remember why) I had decided that something on this planet had to work and I turned to Mother Nature. This is when I discovered Calendula and it’s magnificent and almost magical properties that I now incorporate into all of my baby products.
What is Calendula?
Calendula officinalis (also known as Pot Marigold) is a bright yellow-orange flower that is one of the most widely known and versatile herbs in Western herbal medicine. Traditional use includes, but is not limited to soothing inflamed skin and speeding up the healing of wounds and abrasions. Calendula also has other properties when taken internally, but we are only concerned with the skincare aspect on this blog (at this time).
The beauty of Calendula is the fact that it has little to no contraindications and is practically safe for anyone (not all herbs are like this). When we add it to our products we get the soothing properties of the plant as well as the amazing scent. The petals are also one of the few plants that retain their vibrant colour through the saponification process in cold process soap. Really, what is not to love about this plant?
In a previous post we also used a Calendula oil infusion to make some cream. We can also use tea, however keep in mind that the product will most likely need a paraben preservative to keep the bacteria, fungus, and yeast at bay which pretty much cancels out why we are trying to resort to nature in the first place.
Now let us rewind back to twelve years ago. After much research, I harnessed the power of Calendula to make a balm that worked to help soothe and clear up this rash (and actually this was the beginning of CfE). Since then it has been used on mosquito bites, eczema (being that it is inflammation, it makes sense on why it soothes this particular problem), healing tattoos and countless other itchy and dry conditions. (You have permission to use this recipe for whatever your purposes may be).
- 58.8 grams Calendula oil – (we will be making and offering this oil for sale soon, in the mean time, I have linked how to make it.)
- 11.2 grams Pure Natural Beeswax – I use our premium gold.
- 8.4 grams Jojoba Oil
- 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil – I prefer the Fine French High Altitude lavender for it’s superior properties (it is considered a true lavender as it is grown at high altitudes). You can use the 40/42 if you prefer.
- 400IU Vitamin E – equivalent to 0.8 grams of our Vitamin E
- Thermometer- candy or fryer thermometer works
- Metal Tins and/or Glass Jars
- Melt beeswax in double boiler (do not use a microwave as it may kill all the effective ingredients in your oils and beeswax).
- Add the Calendula and Jojoba oil.
- Stir until melted… watch closely, you don’t want to heat it too much.
- Once melted, remove from heat source. Let sit for awhile to cool.
- Add Essential oil and Vitamin E (adding while too hot will kill all the therapeutic properties.)
- Pour into containers.
- Let cool.
- Close and seal containers.
Makes approximately 4oz (114 grams) of product.
If you’d rather just purchase the finished product, the link to it will be provided here soon.