Monday, 2 September 2013

Calendula Salve

Isn't it strange how ancient herbal medicine seems so modern? All of the most expensive lotions and potions on the market today are made from organic plant extracts filled with vitamins, anti-oxidants, and flavoniods... just like this old fashioned recipe for Calendula Salve.



I heard about this recipe from some professional gardening friends.  They swear by the stuff for healing and soothing their hard working hands.  Since I garden and work in clay, my hands need all the help they can get.



This recipe contains only three simple ingredients, one of which are Calendula petals.  I have a garden full of them so the time to make Calendula Salve is now!  



It's a bit unsettling ripping the petals from the fresh flowers but after a while I began to feel like an alchemist or a medieval herbalist.  It's very satisfying filling the jars with the amber liquid and watching it solidify into a rich balm. 



To get the complete recipe and learn more about the medicinal benefits of Calendula Salve CLICK ON THIS LINK.  It will take you to the Higgledy Garden blog where you can order seeds, learn about growing flowers and lots of other interesting things.... like Carl Legge's Calendula Salve recipe!

14 comments:

  1. Oooh, looks beautiful, better get my marigold seeds in sharpish when we go home! Maybe can scrounge some flowers at the lottie for this year.

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    1. I've been bitten by the botanical bug. I want to try to make something else now. : )

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  2. It looks lovely. Note to self - grow some marigolds next year so that I can try making this.

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  3. That does look wonderful. I made similar handcream earlier in the year and it is wonderful stuff - but I'd far rather use petals from the garden than the synthetic scents I did use!

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    1. I was amazed at how well this salve works. The macerating of the petals takes some time but no real effort. I think I'll make a second batch before the Calendula flowers are gone.

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  4. I did not grow Calendula's this year but have a batch of seeds I can use next year, what a simple recipe. It's reminds of something from the Cadfael stories.

    You will soon have wonderfully conditioned hands :)

    Angela

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    1. I must confess, I thought of Cadfael, too! : )

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  5. Ooh thank you for sharing this. I always have Calendula in the garden, the petals make such great dye!

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  6. How cool is this! Love the idea of natural ingredients. Wish it could make it through customs. Your drawing is cool. The salve is cooler. You are the coolest.

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  7. Wow, that drawing of a flower is beautiful!

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    1. I still like drawing and coloring. That doesn't change just because you grow up. : )x

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