Monday, August 2, 2021

How to Make Calendula Salve

How to make calendula salve recipe with coconut oil.  This salve is excellent for dry skin, cuticles, hands, and feet.  I used coconut oil, shea butter, calendula infused oil, and essential oils to promote skin health and healing for dry skin. 

Calendula is my favorite herb for natural skin care.  I use it often to make salves, soaps, and more.  I use both the dried herb and the infused oil in DIY skin care recipes.  

I learned how to make calendula salve recipe with coconut oil several years ago.  It's one of my favorite skin care salves to make, but I hadn't blogged it until now.  It's time to share my calendula salve DIY with all of you so you can make it yourself. and learn about calendula salve uses and benefits.

Earlier this week, I shared how I make a calendula infused oil, and now I'm going to show you how to use that oil to make a calendula salve recipe.

I used a base salve recipe that I love.  It makes a soft salve, so it's easy to use on your skin.  It's firm enough to be a salve, but it's soft enough to spread across your skin easily.  

I also added some essential oils that I love for skin health in my calendula salve recipe.

If you like making natural DIY recipes, I suggest using these printable essential oil recipe cards to keep track of your favorite recipes or keeping your recipes in my Natural Home binder.

How to Make Calendula Salve Recipe With Coconut Oil

What is Calendula Salve Good For?

Calendula salve uses are mostly for dry skin and promoting healing.  I use it for eczema, dry skin, and minor cuts and scrapes.

Calendula is a healing herb, so calendula salve benefits are mostly for the skin.  I use this salve for very dry skin, and it's excellent for dry cuticles and dry hands.

It's properties are similar to making a plantain infused oil recipe.  You can also add plantain for more healing properties or make a DIY plantain salve.

Is Calendula Good for Dry Skin?

Yes, although there haven't been a lot of studies on calendula, there are some studies that suggest that calendula salve uses can help relieve dry skin.  Calendula salve benefits include promoting healing and relieving dry skin.

Can You Use Calendula Salve on Your Lips?

Yes, you can use homemade calendula salve on your lips as long as it is made with lip safe ingredients.  This particular calendula salve recipe is safe for the lips.  

However, if you add essential oils, make sure that they are safe for lip use.  I would also recommend pouring a small container or DIY calendula salve and reserve that for your lips to prevent contamination.

Is Calendula Good for Sensitive Skin?

Yes, calendula is a gentle herb.  This calendula salve recipe is suitable for sensitive skin.  However, other recipes may not be formulated for sensitive skin.

Can You Use Calendula Salve on Your Face?

Technically, yes you can.  However, the coconut oil in this calendula ointment recipe is a heavier oil that can clog pores.  I would not recommend using it all over your face.  

You could, however, swap the carrier oils with ones that have a low comedogenic rating.  A liquid oil will yield a softer calendula salve, so you may need to add more beeswax.

This handy printable has comedogenic ratings for several common carrier oils.

Is Calendula The Same as Marigold?

Calendula and marigold are in the Asteraceae family of plants.  They look similar and both look like daisies, which are also from the same family.

However, calendula and marigolds are not the same plant so don't use marigolds to make a calendula ointment recipe.  

Calendula Infused Oil

Calendula salve uses for your skin are numerous.  It's said to promote skin healing, so it's good for dry skin, eczema, and even acne scarring.  It's also said to boost firmness and hydrate the skin when used topically.  

When you infuse the dried flowers in a carrier oil, you get the benefits of calendula and the benefits of the oil, so this calendula salve benefits are from the carrier oil and the dried herb.

I have an entire post devoted to how to make calendula infused oil and its benefits, so I won't repeat it all here.  Head over to that post to learn both the quick warm infusion method and the cold infusion method.

When you infuse an herb in an oil, make sure you use dried herbs so there's no water in it.  I get my calendula at an Amish greenhouse.  You can buy 4 ounces to 1 pound from Starwest Botanicals or Mountain Rose Herbs.  

There are several shops on Etsy to get smaller quantities of dried calendula so you don't have to buy a whole pound.  Atelieremmarose sells dried calendula from 1/4 pound to 8 pounds.   

I infused my calendula in sweet almond oil.  Sweet almond oil is a great all purpose carrier oil.  It's high in vitamins and minerals for dry skin.  Sweet almond oil is a dry oil, so it soaks into the skin quickly.

You can also use fresh or dried herbs to learn how to make hydrosol at home.


You can also use one of the following carrier oils:

Click here for a list of carrier oils and their benefits for your skin and hair.

If you don't want to infuse your own calendula oil to make a calendula ointment recipe, you can buy calendula infused oil on Etsy.  This one is infused in olive oil, and it will work great in this DIY calendula salve recipe.   

Mountain Rose Herbs also has 2 ounces of calendula infused oil at a great price.

You you get calendula infused oil, then you can learn how to make calendula salve DIY.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is my favorite natural butter for skin, so it was the obvious choice for a calendula salve recipe.  It's high in vitamins A, E, and F for your skin.  It's said to promote collagen production.

It's high in fatty acids to moisturize the skin, but it's not greasy in this calendula ointment recipe.  It helps form a barrier on top of your skin to lock in moisture and hold the other ingredients to your skin.  

Learn more about the different types of butters for hair and skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a heavy oil, but I love it for salves.  It's said to boost elasticity and collage production in the skin.  It's high in vitamins A and E for antioxidants in this calendula salve recipe.

It's naturally antimicrobial, so it can help prevent a secondary infection.  It's also anti-inflammatory, which is important when you have eczema or dry skin.  


Beeswax helps turn this into a firmer consistency so it's a a calendula salve DIY and not a lotion.  Beeswax is naturally anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.  

It also helps your skin by forming a protective barrier on top of the skin.  This helps lock in moisture and holds the other ingredients in this calendula salve recipe close to your skin so they work better.

Essential Oils

I added essential oils to my calendula salve recipe for their aromatherapy benefits.  I used my favorite essential oil for skin: helichrysum, blue tansy, lavender, and frankincense.  

Helichrysum essential oil is said to promote skin healing.  It's natural antimicrobial, which can help prevent infection and the skin heals. 

I don't use blue tansy essential oil often, but it's an amazing oil for the skin.  Blue tansy is calming and cooling for the skin.  It's great for irritated skin from eczema or dry skin.  It's also high in antioxidants.

Lavender essential oil is a gentle oil.  It's naturally antimicrobial and promotes healing.

Frankincense essential oil isn't my favorite for the smell, but it is among my top favorites for skin.  It's great for dry skin, and it's said to reduce scars and stretch marks.  It's used to promote skin cell turnover for better looking skin.

Learn more about the best essential oils for skin here.

Calendula Salve Uses

Use your calendula salve DIY for dry skin, minor cuts and scrapes, or eczema.  It promotes healing, so it's a great salve to have on hand all the time.

Calendula Salve Ingredients

Calendula Salve Directions

Step #1

Combine the coconut oil, calendula infused oil, shea butter, and beeswax in a double boiler.  Heat over medium heat until fully melted.  Stir occasionally.

Step #2

Remove from heat and add essential oils.  Stir for a minute.

Step #3

Carefully pour into a 8-ounce container or two 4-ounce containers or four 2-ounce tins.

Now you know how to make calendula salve with coconut oil.  Check out these amazing salve recipes:

How to make calendula salve was originally posted at Everything Pretty.

diy, calendula, herbal, salve, coconut oil, essential oils
Yield: 7 ounces
Author: Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
Estimated cost: $10

Calendula Salve Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 5 M
Learn how to make a calendula salve recipe with coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils.



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  1. Combine the coconut oil, calendula infused oil, shea butter, and beeswax in a double boiler. Heat over medium heat until fully melted. Stir occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Stir for a minute.
  3. Carefully pour into a 8-ounce container or two 4-ounce containers or four 2-ounce tins.
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