I honestly have no idea where this all-natural rash salve recipe came from, but since our family has been using it for ten years+ you know it can be trusted!
My mother began making this rash salve when she decided she wanted something else for diaper rashes besides the chemical filled diaper rash cream that you would normally buy from your local Walmart. Can you imagine putting chemicals on your baby’s skin? She didn’t like it either! So she began making this and also occasionally selling it.
About the Ingredients
Here’s a quick breakdown of the ingredients used in this recipe.
According to OrganicFacts.com-
Olive oil boosts the metabolism, the growth of good bone structure, and brain development in children. It is an excellent source of vitamin E, which is very beneficial for older people. Rich in antioxidants, olive oil slows the natural aging process of the human body. Used in cosmetic products and natural herbal therapy, olive oil does wonders for the skin, which gets a natural shine and glow from the enriching oil.
According to Mountain Rose Herbs-
Beeswax works well in cosmetic products because of the “wax esters” that exist in both beeswax and human skin and it is these compounds which help to bind and emulsify ointments, lipsticks and lotions. As a natural hydrating ingredient that increases essential moisture in the skin, it is commonly found in hand and body creams that help retain natural skin moisture and in the relief of itching from sensitive skin.
Here is a link to a blog post written on Calendula Petals.
Because of its special qualities, especially in regards to the skin, many like to infuse calendula flowers in oil (specifically olive oil) and use it for treatment of acne and rashes. Not only does it help with inflammation but it also helps dry and chapped skin, as it soothes the area and reduces the pain. Many herbalists do not consider their garden and inventory complete without this special herb!
- 8 ounces Olive Oil
- 2 ounces Beeswax
- 2 ounces Calendula Petals
Measure the olive oil into a small pan carefully.
Infuse the calendula petals into the oil. There are two methods of doing this, and depending on your level of patience, both will work!
- Let it sit on the windowsill or someplace out of sight for a week or two.
- Heat it until the properties from the calendula have steeped into the oils.
Both methods will work, but the second option is definitely a bit quicker.
Strain the calendula petals from the oils. Use either some cheesecloth or a sieve, but both will work.
Mix the oil and the beeswax together, stirring while melting the beeswax on a low heat.
Pour mixture into container and let cool. If you are wanting a softer balm, use less wax. For a harder balm, use more.
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