Calendula + Lavender Daily Hand Salve

Hello Herbie Friends!

I first want to introduce myself. I am Clare Anderson, fellow yoga teacher and herbalist to Blake Burger, the wonderful mind behind Denver Medicinal Plant Society. I feel so lucky to be a part of this community now, helping to bring more awareness and fun to plant medicine. Please get used to reading more of my contributions to this blog and society, and I am so looking forward to hearing from you all! Aside from teaching yoga and studying herbalism, I am also a thai massage therapist, holistic health coach, and I spend the rest of my time gardening, rock climbing, making coffee + good food, and snuggling with my amazing cat, Edward Coates. Thanks for stopping by!

Calendula + Lavender is one of my absolute favorite daily healing hand salves. If you have ever wanted to make a salve but have been to afraid to, now is the time to drop the attitude and give it a go, because it is easy and very hard to mess up (unlike lotions and creams). The ingredients are simple, the process is simple, and the results are magical. I do not go anywhere without my calendula + lavender hand salve. The motivation behind making this at home was my dry cracked hands from rock climbing. My hands are getting beat up every single day, and the dryness makes me crazy. I wanted to create something simple and effective that would absorb into my skin and actually repair damage done. Us Colorado folk really need to be mindful of our skin at this altitude, and with little humidity, we need all the help we can get. Here are the ingredients you will use:

Beeswax
Olive Oil
Jojoba Oil
Calendula Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil

What is so great about these ingredients? Well the beeswax is key because it is what is going to make the salve hard, and the more you use the harder it will be, the less you use, the softer salve you will have. It is also antibacterial, very hydrating, and contains high amounts of vitamin A. Mixed with olive oil which has an incredibly long shelf life and won't go rancid, and jojoba oil which is also high in Vitamins A and E and contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, its the perfect combination. Calendula is the ultimate go-to for skin disorders, including acne, eczema, bruises, and just generally dry skin. It is antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and incredibly moisturizing. Along with lavender it is great for wound healing when used topically and also has a really lovely calming and relaxing aroma to it. All of these things together make for the best daily hand salve in my opinion!

HOW TO MAKE IT
(4 oz)
1 tablespoon beeswax, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup jojoba oil, 12 drops calendula, 12 drops lavender
Step 1: boil a few inches of water in a pot and place your pyrex inside (double boil).
Step 2: Add your beeswax, olive oil, and jojoba oil to the pyrex and stir until melted. 
Step 3: Add your essential oils.
Step 4: Pour into a tin or jar, let cool until hardened. 

Voila!



Clare Anderson