Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Capturing the Sun: Marigold Salve

In the spirit of using the harvest, enjoying the last summer sunshine, making do and making at home, Miles and I created a little homemade marigold salve.

He went out and picked marigolds himself, and washed them, took the petals off, and put the stems and heads in the compost, all by himself. I wanted to use beeswax, and almond oil, but we were out, so we raided the cupboards and came up with nearly a pint: unpetroleum, shea butter, coconut oil, Weleda baby oil, honey. Miles dumped all this stuff in a pan.
Next in the saucepan: all those lovely, sunshiney marigold petals. Miles picked, washed, and plucked petals himself. We brought our concoction to a boil, then simmered for half an hour. Marigold and honey scent filled the house. Then we strained the mixture into a jar, and let it cool. It is a lovely orangey-golden color, smelling flowery and a little bit sweet. The salve itself is soft-ish and melts right in to Miles' eczema-raw arms. Oh! How he hates having lotion rubbed into his skin! This is just perfect for after baths, and Miles is certain it is full of goodness, sunshine, "strongness" and bravery, perfect for Michaelmas coming up, the waning of the sun's season, and all of the things little boys need extra courage to face. "It's like a sunshine hug!"

This was my first attempt at making salve, and it was super easy. I'm thinking, of course, of all the variations to try: maybe something with all that mint outside, what about the lemonbalm, the echinacea? I have comfrey, too! Rosemary? Lavender?


Heather said...

Oh wow, thank you for sharing this. I have a lot of calendula, so I think that I may try it with that tonight. I have some beeswax and shea butter, so I will let you know how it goes :)

mama-aya said...

I'd love to hear how it goes! It seems kind of like food, to me- the more the kids can help with the prep the more likely they are to WANT to consume the outcome, you know?

Maureen said...

I love this... what a fun thing to do with your boys!!! I cracked up at your comment on Jenny's blog. I am headed to my Grandma's to get canning jars from her tomorrow so that I can put up some peaches before they are no more. I do have to say that I too have been thinking of fall/winter ;-)

Jennifer said...

Oh! Good post! Maybe I'll get in there and scrape some fresh bees wax out for your next batch. We made some lip balm a couple of weeks ago but never figured out how to strain out the - um - bee parts. Ew.

mama-aya said...

pantyhose- I think that's the trick?