How To Make Calendula Salve

Does your skin become dry and itchy with the change of weather? Mine does. My hands become dry and cracked. I also have rosacea, and during winter my face becomes irritated from the cold weather. Calendula salve soothes and moisturizes my skin. It has helped more than commercial lotion and has become my go to skin care for winter.

You will love how this calendula salve makes your skin feel. Come with me in the kitchen to learn how to make calendula salve.

calendula salve

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How To Make Calendula Salve

What you need:

The first step in making salve is making infused oil. Don’t be discouraged, making infused oil is very simple. Place dried calendula flowers into a pint-size mason jar until it is half full. Pour avocado oil in to cover the flowers. Screw on the lid.

Set the jar aside at room temperature and allow it to sit for 4-6 weeks (give it a shake once a day). You will notice that the oil takes on a golden color at the end of 4 weeks.

Fast infusion method

The fast way to infuse oil is to place your jars of oil and flowers with the lid screwed on, in a crockpot. Fill the crockpot with water up to the rim of the mason jar. Turn the crockpot on warm and allow the mixture to infuse for 3 to 4 hours. Then proceed with the rest of the steps.

(Learn more about calendula by reading my post on how to grow calendula flowers)

calendula infused oil

Now that you have the oil ready, it is time to strain out the flowers from the oil. Place a cheese cloth or coffee filter into a fine mesh strainer. Pour the oil and flower into the filter and allow to drain. Carefully gather the filter and squeeze the excess oil out of the flowers. You want to get all the oil you can.

beeswax used in calendula salve

Next, weigh out the avocado oil and beeswax and place them in a double boiler. Allow the oil and beeswax to warm on medium low heat until the beeswax melts. (Around 150 degrees)

calendula salve

Now, pour the liquid into containers and allow the salve to completely cool. The salve will turn from a golden liquid into a creamy off-white color. Place lid on your jars and store in a cool dark place. Stored properly the salve will last a year.

calendula salve

Calendula Salve
Moisturizer for your skin


  • 3.5 ounces infused calendula oil
  • 0.5 ounce beeswax


  • Place dried calendula flowers in a pint-sized mason jar. Fill the jar with avocado oil to cover the flowers.
  • Screw on the lid. Set the jar on a shelf and allow the oils to infuse for 4-6 weeks.
  • Strain the flowers from the oil.
  • Place 3.5 ounces of infused oil in a double boiler on medium heat.
  • Add 0.5 ounces of beeswax to the double boiler
  • Allow to melt.
  • Pour the contents into a 4-ounce mason jar or container of your choice.
  • Allow to cool completely. Place on the lid and store in a cool dark place for up to a year.


Quick infuse method: Place jars of oil and calendula flowers (with lids on) in the crockpot. Fill the crockpot with water up to the rim of the jars, but not covering the jars. Turn crockpot on warm and allow to infuse for 3-4 hours. 

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