Soothing Calendula and Chamomile Balm

Calendula and Chamomile are both incredibly soothing to the skin and can help to calm irritations. A friend of mine gave me a mason jar of oil infused with calendula and chamomile flowers. She used it to make a healing balm for eczema and I have used it to make this lovely soothing balm which is great for dry chapped hands at this time of year.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Fill a glass jar half way with the dried flowers and then fill to the top with olive oil.
  • Leave the jar in a cool dark place for 2-3 weeks so that the flowers can infuse into the oil.
  • Strain the flowers from the oil which is then ready for use. You can store the oil in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months or more.
  • Take equal parts of the infused olive oil, shea butter and bees wax (1 tbs of each will make 1 bar of balm – I usually make a batch of 6).
  • Gently melt the oil, butter and wax together in a glass bowl over hot water. Do not rush this process by overheating, as this will destroy some of the properties in the ingredients.
  • Pour the liquid into silicon moulds and leave to cool. As they cool they will set.
  • Once hard, you can push the balms out of the moulds.
  • They can be stored at room temperature, but note that if in a particularly hot room, they will soften quickly.
  • Apply as needed to sooth and moisturise the skin.

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