Nourishing Calendula Night Cream
- Calendula Oil [Recipe at end of post for this] 1 Cup
- Shea Butter – Half a Cup
- Coconut Oil – One Cup
- Avocado Oil – Half a Cup
- Coconut Cream – Half a Cup
- Beeswax – One chopped standard bar
- Vitamin E Oil – 1 -2 Capsules
- Lavender Essential Oil – 7 – 13 Drops [ Tangerine Oil is a good option also]
- Rose Water – 7 – 13 Drops
- Place the Coconut Oil, the Shea Butter and the Beeswax in a glass bowl over water in a saucepan and simmer until melted
- Let it cool
- After a hour, add the Calendula Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Cream and Vitamin E Oil to the bowl
- Gently stir together all the ingredients for a few minutes and then stir in the Rose Water
- Place bowl in fridge until the mix is solid
- Take out of fridge and using an electric whisk, beat until the mix is soft and creamy
- Add your chosen essential oils and whisk again
- Once you are happy with the scent and texture of the cream, carefully spoon into glass jars and label.
Cleanse skin and gently massage in some Calendula Cream over your skin using your fingertips. Leave on overnight as an intense nourishing face cream.
How to Make Calendula Oil
Place dried Calendula flower heads and petals in a glass mason jar. Pour either organic Sunflower Oil or Rapeseed Oil over the flowers until the jar is full. Close lid and place on your windowsill in a sunny spot for about a month. Filter, bottle, label and use.
Calendula Oil can be used to make salves, face cream, hand cream, body butters, cuticle cream, eye wash…the list goes on. In the coming days, I will be trying out different ways to use my incredible calendula oil and will let you know how I get on.
The Power of Natural Healing for Sore, Painful and Inflamed Joints: Herbs and spices have been used since ancient times to heal and soothe and the knowledge of their remarkable properties and abilities is being rediscovered. This is the start of my journey on the long spice roads of the Far East and all the wonders that await me there.
Eastern Spices and White Willow Pain Cream
- Half a cup of ground Ginger
- 2 Tablespoons of ground Cloves
- Half a cup of ground Cinnamon
- Half a cup of White Willow Bark
- 2 Tablespoons of ground Turmeric
- 1 standard bar of Beeswax
- 1 cup of Olive Oil
- Vitamin E Oil – 2 Capsules
- Half a cup of Coconut Oil
- Frankincense Oil – 10- 20 drops
****Important Note! Turmeric WILL stain everything it comes into contact with, including your skin, clothes, china, plastic…Be super careful using it or else you will spend hours cleaning up after as I did!****
- Melt the Coconut oil and Beeswax in a large glass bowl over a double boiler or saucepan of water until it is fully melted
- Place any of your spices that are not ground into a blender, along with the White Willow Bark
- Pulse for a few seconds until the mix is a fine powder
- Add the Olive Oil to the Bowl of Oils and stir with a wooden spoon
- Slowly add the spices, one at a time into the mix
- Allow to cool for a hour and then place the mix into the fridge until hard
- Using a electric whisk, beat until rich and creamy
- Add in the essential oil and Vitamin E
- Whisk again until fully blended
- Spoon into a sterilised glass jar and keep in a dry dark place such as a cupboard until needed. This will extend the potency of the spices.
Carefully scoop out some cream and rub into area affected. Add another layer and then cover with either a piece of old muslin or a cloth and secure firmly with either first aid tape or ribbon. Leave on overnight and wash off in morning. Repeat if necessary.
A super easy way to get turmeric and other spices into your diet is to add them to smoothies and hot drinks.
I will be looking in more detail at what herbs, spices and foods help with Fibromyalgia, since I was diagnosed with it last year after having suffered the last four years with constant pain and a myriad of other exhausting and painful symptoms.
I will also be making Bath Bombs, Scrap Apple Cider Vinegar and Golden Milk, so watch this space! 🙂