For anyone who’s ever wanted the most simple, nourishing, therapeutic and basic herbal skin salve (or lip balm), this one’s for you.
Last week, I posted my recipe for Calendula Infused Apricot Oil, a pure and basic combo of calendula flowers and apricot kernel seed oil. This post will utilize that decadent blend as the base for this essential salve. This has been my go-to herbal salve for everything from simple cuts and scrapes to deep wounds and itchy skin. I always keep this little tin with me when I’m out and about, and especially when I’m hiking and backpacking (which is essentially every weekend in the summer and fall). This blend incorporates the soothing, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of calendula with the delicate, moisturizing base of apricot kernel oil with the additions of beeswax and essential oils. This is the perfect simple salve to make if you’re just beginning to make herbal topical remedies – super easy, and still a thorough process to really get you involved in the herbal medicine making process. It’s a relationship, after all.
For this recipe, I keep on hand most ingredients and supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs such as beeswax pastilles, apricot oil and small tins, but you can find many of these ingredients from your local health food store. If you’re lucky enough to have calendula flowers growing in your garden, use those!
Photography by Renee Byrd in our herbal + photography collaboration