Boy, do I love plants. The more I venture into the beautiful power of nature and it’s magikal army of loving, vibrant healers (aka herbs) the more I get swept away.
This is a love that tickles to be shared, for it is ancestral knowledge that is yearning to be brought back to modern man.
Cough. Anywho, I’d like to share with you my first salve creation that I was very stoked about– its results were much more than I bargained for.
But its success had very little to do with my salve– and much more to do with the powerful essence of Calendula Officinalis.
Prior to my trip to Costa Rica, I knew I would be prone to cuts, bites scratches– you know, the works. So I figured to dig into my medica books to see what I can come out with.
Let’s just say, our sun-kissed Calendula worked wonders. I’ve never seen bug bites and itchiness disappear so quickly.
Literal mosquito wilts on my friend’s forehead were gone within minutes.
This is a great herb to get to know, especially for topical use, and it’s really easy to make your own ‘Adventure Salve’ right at home, also meaning, no mo’ being tricked by big pharma (yeah, I said it).
So, fellow adventurers, strap on your curiosity and let’s get a’trekkin.
(Disclaimer: I’m still and will always be a student of the earth, all information has been derived from books and a few online resources I felt were adequate. Always open to suggestions, corrections and ideas!)
C. Officinalis: Medicinal properties
Calendula is edible and does adhere to aiding us internally, though I don’t have hands-on experience with its internal healing properties, I found from a few sources that it is to be supportive to the lymphatic system, gastrointestinal tract and digestion amongst other things. That said, I’ll just be focusing on it’s miraculous aid to topical wounds.
Constituents: “Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, cholagogue, hemostatic, lymphatic, vulnerary”
Uses: Sunburn, sores, insect bites, bruises, rashes, eases pain from topical skin irritation and wounds, tissue regeneration for scars
Parts Used: Flower head with bracts
Native to Europe and South Africa, this sun-shine flower has been recorded to be in use for centuries.
The Romans first called it Calendula (Calends) because they noted this yellow-orange friend would bloom on the first of every month. It was a symbol for warm joy and happiness, thus being cultivated in many gardens to be used for culinary and ceremonial purposes.
It was used in the Civil war and WW1 to treat open wounds, support healing and stop topical bleeding.
It’s also fun to note that Calendula opens its vibrant petals to greet the sunrise, and then tucks them away as the sun sets- synchronizing with the energy of the solar cycle.
The magikal history goes on and on. If Calendula’s historical past peeks your interest and you wish to connect more with it’s mystical lineage, click here.
“Adventure Salve” Recipe.
This is where things get fun. Let’s tap into that inner-curiosity and start playin’.
To make the salve– it’s a biphasic process. Don’t worry, it’s not a hard process. First, you need to make a oil-infusion, after you have your oil infusion, then you just throw it in a pot with beeswax (with love), let it simmer, test your consistency and you’re good to go!
What you need:
- Dried Calendula Flowers (Buy from a local herbal shop or ethical online source)
- Olive oil or any carrier oil of your choosing
- Ethically cultivated beeswax
- Salve tins (or get creative)
- Mason Jars
Instructions for Oil Infusion
- Folklore method:
- Get you’s a mason jar
- Place a few handfuls of dried Calendula in that sucka
- Fill it with oil until the herb is completely covered
- Store in a cool place and shake every day (with intention ) for 4 weeks
- Pour into jar.
- Tada! Oil-infusion.
4 weeks too long? Buy yourself a magic butter machine and get your oil-infusion in 8 hours.
Have your oil-infusion? Now time to make the salve.
- Place your oil-infusion in a pot on the stove.
- Intuitively incorporate beeswax, simmer (don’t boil) until the two melt together.
- To test your consistency- spoon out the mixture and place it in the freezer for a few minutes and then check it.
- If it’s too hard, add more oil.
- Too soft, add more beeswax.
Once you get your wanted consistency, pour it into your salve-tins, store it in a cool spot and you got some powerful medicine ready to be used!
Yes, it really is that simple. Nature is ready to give, and all we have to do is receive and give back accordingly.
Yay, healthy cycles!