Tit 4 Tat

Hey guys! Hope the New Year is treating ya’ll well.

Today I am going to talk about Calendula Salve. It is used in Chapter 7 for helping tattoos heal, but it can be used for much more than that!

Calendula has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that make it useful for healing wounds and treating eczema, but gentle enough for relieving diaper rash.

To make this, you will need:

  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) Calendula Infused Oil
  • 1/2 oz. (About 2 tbsp. packed) Beeswax
  • 25-50 drops Essential Oil, optional (Lavender, Chamomile, Frankincense, and Tea Tree are all great choices, depending on what properties you are going for.)

*You can infuse your oil one of two ways. Depends on how much time you have. I prefer the long method, because heat can harm compounds in the flowers if it gets too hot, but that is my preference.

Long Method: Fill a Mason jar 1/4 to 1/2 way full with dried Calendula flowers. I don’t recommend using fresh flowers for this method, as the moisture can cause mildew in your oil. Cover your flowers with oil, be it olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, etc. You can use what you want, although different oils are better at different things, but more on that later. Put a lid on your jar and let it sit for 4-6 weeks on a shelf or somewhere you will remember to shake it occasionally. When it is ready, strain out the flowers with cheese cloth or fine mesh of some sort. Store oil in a clean jar with a lid. Should be good to use for a year or so if you keep it in a cool spot.

Quick Method: In a double boiler, warm your oil of choice with the flowers. 1/4 cup flowers to a cup of oil is a good place to start, but you can add more or less depending on how strong you want it. Let it heat on low to medium-low for about 2-3 hours. Cool and strain. Store it the same as with the Long Method.

Heat your infused oil and Beeswax until beeswax is melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Heat can damage compounds in your essential oils as well, and you want to keep as much of the good stuff as you can, but you also want to be able to pour into your jar at the end. Add Essential Oils and mix well. Pour into a jar, cap, and let it cool. Don’t forget to label! Beeswax will thicken infused oil, making the balmy consistency you want. Using too much Beeswax can make your salve difficult to use, but can be made malleable by rubbing vigorously in the palm of your hands to melt wax, if that happens.

Use it on cuts, scrapes, chapped/dry skin, eczema, baby bottoms, tattoos, and pretty much whatever else you think it may help.

Coconut oil has proteins that rejuvenate damaged and traumatized skin and anti-bacterial properties that allows the skin to heal at a healthy rate.

Sweet Almond oil slows moisture loss from the outer layer of skin, and helps with itching and inflammation.

Rose hip oil has vitamin A that protects and repairs damaged skin. Restores deep tissue for faster recovery, and helps soothe irritation and swelling.

Jojoba oil is the closest oil to what our skin makes. It is chemically similar to sebum, an oily/waxy substance created in the sebaceous glands of the body to coat, moisturize and protect your skin. Jojoba allows access to air, but maintains moisture to aid in healing.

Grapeseed oil does not clog pores and can be used on oily skin that needs moisturizing. May help reduce appearance of scars. High in Vitamin E that can withstand higher temps.

Olive oil acts as an antioxidant, and can help reduce affects of skin aging. Antibacterial properties control bacteria on the skin more effectively than coconut oil.

I personally use Olive oil because I always have it on hand. I do make my own Rose hip infused oil with Sweet Almond oil, but that is my preference for my Rejuvenating Balm, found here. You will figure out what works best for you after you do it a few times. Don’t be surprised to learn something every time you make a new batch of infused oil.

There are many other base oils, but this will get you started.

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Well I hope you guys got as much from this as I did telling you about it! Here is this week’s chapter:

Blood 4 Honor: Part 1. Chapter 7. Iylara (offline-in editing process)

Many blessings,
Emma Lee

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