Healing Calendula and Comfrey Salve

Reduce pain and tenderness associated with bruises, sprains and strains with a handmade salve of calendula and comfrey.

| July/August 2015

If you grow calendula and comfrey, dry the flowers of the former and the leaves of the latter and store in separate jars in a cupboard. Alternatively, buy from an herb store or online retailer.


• 1-1⁄2 cups olive, apricot or almond oil 1⁄2 cup dried, crumbled calendula flowers
• 1⁄2 cup dried, crumbled comfrey leaves
• 1⁄4 cup grated beeswax


1. The first step is to heat the oil enough to release the plants’ active ingredients. Use one of two methods:

• Pour herbs into a clean, dry jar. Add oil until herbs are covered. Stir with a chopstick or wooden spoon. As herbs absorb the oil, add more oil to thoroughly cover herbs. Screw on lid. Place jar in a sunny window and shake daily for two weeks.

• Add herbs and oil to the top of a double boiler. Make sure herbs are completely covered with oil. Heat on low for 30 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Strain oil through cheesecloth into a glass measuring cup. This is an herbal oil. You can stop here, label the oil in a lidded jar and store in a dark place. Use it topically on cuts or skin irritation. Or follow the next steps to turn the oil into a salve.

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