Calendula. I LOVE calendula. You may have noticed the icon image on my homepage… it’s calendula, my BFF of herbal skincare, calendula.
I decided to grow my own this year and I’m very pleased I did! I only managed to germinate two plants, but they did wonderfully, providing beautiful, delicate, healing flowers throughout the summer. It killed me to pluck them as they blossomed, but I gave my thanks and they are still very much “alive” instilling their lovely healing energies into my family’s skincare products!
Calendula is a very mild herb. It’s commonly used in homemade children’s and baby products for its gently healing, soothing, and calming effects. But don’t be confused, the gentleness of calendula doesn’t take away its power! It’s a vulnerary, meaning it aids in skin repair and new cell growth, helping to heal wounds and scars, making it a great addition to lip balm (amongst many other things), not only preventing dry chapped lips, but helping to heal them.
Mango butter is also used in this lip balm recipe. It provides softening, hydration, nourishment, and even a little UV protection! Mango butter is loaded with anti-oxidants, busting away at the free-radicals trying to age your skin.
Sweet orange calendula happens to be my personal favorite blend. It may just be the way the name rolls off the tongue, but it’s creamy, coating, citrusy sweet, and it works!
Making your own lip balm is relatively simple. If you can make cookies, you can make your own lip balm. The recipe below makes about 11 tubes, making it a great recipe to use for upcoming Christmas gifts (wink, wink). You can easily adjust the quantity. I highly recommend using a scale, but if you don’t have one, no problem, just test it out by letting a spoonful cool and harden before filling your tubes. If it’s too hard for your liking, add more oil – try a teaspoon or two. If it’s too soft, add a teaspoon or two of wax.
- 1 oz (about 3 tbsp) of mango butter (or shea)
- 1/2 oz (about 5 tsp) of calendula oil – See “Calendula Oil” instructions below to make your own!
- .05 oz jojoba (about 1/2 tsp)
- 1/2 oz (about 5 tsp) beeswax
- 18-20 drops of organic sweet orange essential oil
- A few drops of Vit E (optional – read about why you might want to use it here, at CrunchyBetty.com)
*makes 11-12 traditional sized tubes
*I source my favorite ingredients from MountainRoseHerbs.com
- Measure the mango butter and beeswax. Place into a glass, heat resistant measuring cup.
- Place the measuring cup into a shallow pot of water and bring to a boil. Stir until the wax and butter have melted. Turn off the heat.
- Add the calendula oil and stir. At this point, if you chose to measure by spoonfuls rather than a scale, I recommend testing the mixture to ensure you have a consistency you like before pouring into containers. Test a small spoonful by placing it into the freezer or refrigerator for a few minutes. Adjust as needed and reheat the entire mixture until just melted.
- Add the sweet orange essential oil and Vit E, if you choose, then stir it up.
- Pour into eleven .15 oz BPA-free chapstick tubes OR your containers of choice.
Making your own calendula oil is super easy whether you grow your own or buy them dried. You may have noticed the color difference in the store bought vs home grown calendula. This is not a matter of quality. Calendula varies in color from yellow to orange.
- Place any amount of dried calendula into a glass jar.
- Cover it with organic oil of choice covering the calendula by at least 1 inch. I choose olive oil because of its amazing properties and versatility in body care products.
- Let sit for 4-6 weeks, shaking, loving, and admiring daily.
- Strain using cheesecloth, be sure to squeeze all the extra goodness out of those petals. Enjoy!
You can very lightly heat the oil and calendula between 95 and 110 degrees. Some herbalist advise against heat extracting calendula because it is so delicate you could damage some of its properties, but if your need oil asap and you watch your temperature closely I think you’ll create a magnificent oil!
- Place the oil and herbs into a double boiler and heat very slowly for about 30 mins to an hour.
- Strain the calendula using cheesecloth to squeeze out all the goodness and reserve the oil for use!
- Store in a cool dark location.