By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom
This is VERY similar to the Burt’s Bees calendula cream- but I have had this recipe longer and I suspect given the ingredients that this is better. It makes a fanstastic baby gift or baby shower gift. One batch makes an ample supply- I make about once a year and have enough for our family and give these away to new moms all the time.
This is a fantastic diaper cream as well terrific for chapped lips, elbows or whatever. It is a non-barrier cream so babies skin can breathe. The ingredient list is quite scary but all are found easily. Most health food stores or stores that sell dried herbs. It is also quite cheap to make- the herbs cost under 10.00 and if you use olive oil it is fairly inexpensive. If you get a lower grade olive oil then will have more of an “olive” scent. I have used both sweet almond oil and several types of olive oil. I like the smell of the almond oil better but othr wise find them about the same- especially if using as a diaper cream. If you are using lanolin buy medical grade- I just used a tube of medela or lansinoh that is sold as nipple cream. This will make about 8 125 ml jars (4 oz) . And will cost about 20.00. Burt’s Bee’s charges 15.00 for one jar of this. To give away as baby gift I decorate jar lid with colourful fabric scraps and tie with raffia..
2 cups calendula flower
1 cup comfrey leaf
1 cup chamomile flower
1 cup lavender flower
optional: 1/2 cup marshmallow root
optional: 1/4 cup myrrh gum
optional:1 cup St.-John’s-wort flower
1 litre ( 4 cups ) Sweet Almond Oil or similar e.g. Olive oil or grapeseed oil
Grated beeswax ( about 1/4 cup grated)
optional: Essential oil such as Lavender
optional:Vitamin E Oil
1. Combine the herbs and Olive oil in a glass jar. Cover tightly and place in a warm, sunny spot for 2 weeks. Strain through muslin or cheesecloth – squeezing tightly to get all the drops out.
alternately – combine 1/2 the herbs with oil for 2 weeks./strain – then other half for 2 more weeks in same oil for a stronger infusion.
2. Place mixture in a double boiler and warm for 1 hour over very low heat. Strain.
3. Add 1/4 cup grated beeswax for each cup of oil. Continue to warm until beeswax is melted.
4. Check for desired consistency by placing 1 tablespoon of mixture in the freezer for a few minutes. If too soft, add more beeswax. If too hard, add more oil.
(it should be easy to spread firm enough to keep it’s shape)
5. Add optional Vitamin E oil and Lavender essential oil. Store in small jars or tins. Baby food jars work well, I really like the 125 ml mason/canning jars and then I buy plastic lids for them.
Every mom I have given as baby gift has either asked me for recipe or even for more.