Calendula Infused Healing Balm.
Better known in our house as ‘butt balm’ because it works so well for diaper rashes.
This simple recipe uses natural ingredients to aid healing of scrapes, rashes and small cuts. It is safe to use with cloth diapers as well.
For this recipe you will need:
- 1 cup calendula infused oil
- 1 oz beeswax
- 5-8 drops lavender oil (if using for healing balm and not butt balm)
To infuse your oil, you fill a jar (pretty much any size will do) about 3/4 full of dried calendula flowers (I got mine online, be sure you get organic ones) and pour in your oil (sweet almond, grape seed, or avocado are great for your skin) until flowers are covered by and inch or two.
Let set for 4-6 weeks, shaking occasionally.
I have read that you can double infuse your oil (using the same oil and pouring it over new flowers for another 4-6 weeks).
In a double boiler (or a glass or stainless steel bowl over a pot of boiling water (you want the water to not quite touch the bottom of the bowl), melt beeswax (I grated mine, but you can buy it in little bits or roughly chop it).
Add calendula oil and stir well. Add in lavender oil and mix well. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely.
I used small baby food jars, but you can find containers online if you don’t like that idea. You can use about 3/4 of an ounce of beeswax for a thinner balm, but I like the way the thicker one coats.
Essential oils should not be used on babies under 6 months, and definitely not on diaper areas.
Calendula is known for it’s healing properties.