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Soothing Calendula Lip Balm
Supplies for 24-28 tubes or 4-5 (2oz) tins:

3 oz Calendula infused oil
3 oz Sweet Almond oil
2 oz beeswax
1 tsp honey
Small pot
Optional: 20 drops total of essential oil- Try sweet orange, lavender, peppermint, whatever your heart desires!


Step 1: Prepare your calendula infused oil.  There are several methods you can use to do this but for saving time, I would suggest a double boiler.  You can purchase dried Calendula flowers from Frontier Herbs orMountain Rose Herbs
Double Boiler Method (Best method if you need oils in a hurry)

  1. Place herbs (in this case dried calendula) and organic olive oil in a double boiler and bring to a very low simmer. With fresh herbs, I usually add enough oil to just cover them. With dried, add enough oil to cover at least 2-3 inches. If you don't have a double boiler, you can fashion one by using two pots that will stack in each other.  
  2. Cover and let simmer for 1-2hrs.  Check frequently to make sure oil is not overheating and cooking herbs. 
  3. When your oil is finished steeping, strain and rebottle. This oil is now ready to be made into a salve.

Step 2: Add calendula infused oil and almond oil to small pot.  A 1 or 2 qt pot works well. If making calendula oil seems to time consuming, you can skip it and just use more almond or jojoba oil in its place. You can also purchase Calendula oil from the company Mountain Rose Herbs. The typical ratio of oil to beeswax in a lipbalm is 3oz:1oz (oil:beeswax).   Gently heat oil, honey, and beeswax together, stirring continuously, until beeswax is completely melted.
Step 3: To check for consistency, place 1 tsp or so of mixture on a plate and place in freezer for a minute or two.  If it’s too soft or runny, add more beeswax. If too hard, add more oil. 
Step 4: Remove mixture from heat. If you desire to add any essential oils to your lipbalm, now is the time.  Stir essential oils in and immediately pour mixture into your containers (jars, tubes, tins, etc).  

Why use Calendula in your lipbalm?
Calendula Calendula officinalis
Parts used: Whole flowers, including the sticky, green calyx that petals are attached to
Medicinal properties:  Calendula flowers are beautiful to behold and make a lovely addition to the garden.  As well as being a pest deterrent, their petals are also edible and make a bright addition to any salad.  Medicinally, calendula is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can be used externally or internally for inflammation, specifically of the skin or digestive system.  Externally, calendula hasvulnerary, or wound-healing, properties and is also astringent and antimicrobial.  It may be applied for any external bleeding or wound, bruising, strains, skin ulcers, rashes, eczema, diaper rash, or minor burns.  It’s especially beneficial for slow-healing wounds and for treating fungal infections.  For external use, calendula can be applied as a poultice or as an infused oil/salve. Internally, taken as a tincture or tea, calendula can help with inflammation of the digestive tract and microbial infections, specifically those of a fungal nature, such as Candida yeast.  Its vulnerary properties can also help internally to repair the intestinal lining, for those who are recovering from gluten and other food intolerances/allergies.