Make marigold ointment yourself - recipes and instructions
- Various recipes
- 1. Olive oil with beeswax
- 2. lard
- 3. Lanolin / Wool Wax
- 4. Make marigold ointment with a little heat
- 5. Make small quantities
Whether against stretch marks, hemorrhoids, pimples or scars, all these negative skin changes is a calendula ointment relief. The ointment protects and nourishes the skin when applied externally. An ointment with marigolds can even be easily produced by yourself. Here we show you the recipe and instructions for making the ointment, which also reduces puffiness.
Marigold ointment has been known for centuries and is known as the ideal care for the skin. Whether it is damaged, dry or a really healthy skin surface, the ointment with the healthy small flowers of marigolds has a lasting positive effect on the skin. There are several recipes for the production of protective and healing ointment, but the effect is achieved primarily by the marigolds themselves. So all the recipes are basically variations of healthy skin. The anti-inflammatory ointment can be mixed with the usual utensils found in every well-equipped kitchen.
You need it (ingredients for five different recipes):
- Cooking pot small
- Wooden spoon
- Dough scraper
- kitchen scale
- lockable glass
- cotton cloth
- additional pots
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- Marigold flowers
- Calendula oil
- shea butter
- Vitamin E acetate
- Marigold ointment
Depending on which of the recipes and manufacturing methods you choose, the ointment will last for different lengths of time. Essential oils extend shelf life as well as lanolin as a base. Olive oil will turn rancid the fastest if it does not get any additives. It should be stable in the fridge for up to two weeks. Some rave about the amazingly long shelf life of pure lard. This should be kept in the refrigerator for up to one year. For this purpose, however, it must be stored in an airtight glass container which is as dark as possible.
Tip: Marigold blossoms are not only suitable for use as an ointment from the outside. For nausea and indigestion, the flowers in a tea can achieve a balancing effect. Also against headaches and menstrual pain of the marigold tea.
Effect of marigold ointment
Cost of ointment production
The ingredients for the homemade ointment are not expensive. You may even have marigolds in your garden that you would like to use. This has the added benefit of not containing any chemicals in the flowers. After all, you know best that your flowers are completely untreated. The basis for the ointment is either olive oil or lard. Note that lard has a slightly offensive odor that does not disappear by the flowers alone.
Tip: Olive oil as well as lard have their advantages and disadvantages. Some users do not tolerate olive oil on the skin, others have problems with lard. Although you can soften or mask the typical smell of lard with essential oils, the essential oils can also cause irritation and rashes in sensitive people.
The commercially available finished calendula marigolds are also often offered as calendula. This is the scientific name of the plant. The marigold belongs to the daisy family. While other plants of the daisy family can cause allergic reactions, this rarely happens to marigolds ever. This is due to the sesquiterpene lactones that are found in many plants of the daisy family. In marigold, however, these ingredients are completely missing.
The ointment with the pretty yellow flowers is used for an incredible number of purposes. In adolescents, she is even considered an insider tip for hickeys. Whether they fade faster, however, is controversial. However, the decongestant effect may be helpful. Many different diseases and irritations of the skin can be treated with the marigolds. Here is an overview:
- Acne / pimples scars
- open wounds
- Cold Sore
- Stretch marks
- strong cornea
- Bleeding gums
- dry skin
Marigolds are thankful gardeners. They bloom quite long and persistently. Even without a green thumb you have good results with marigolds. If you bought a seed bag in the first year, most of the time, next year you can even grow your seed from leftover flowers that have been shot in seed. Frequently, the marigold sows but also without our help again, which is why many gardeners are of the mistaken opinion, to have a perennial plant in front of him. However, the marigold is actually only one year old.
Each recipe can still be adapted and creatively combined with other means. So you can adjust the ointment perfectly to your own needs.
1. Olive oil with beeswax
If you want to use olive oil, you should always add some beeswax to get a spreadable firm consistency of the ointment. Shea butter and vitamin E acetate can also be added as desired.
- 125 milliliters of olive oil
- 25 grams of beeswax
- 1 to 2 cups of marigold flowers
The olive oil is heated with the beeswax in a water bath. Before you add the marigold blossoms, you should cool down the oil mixture by stirring constantly. Then you can add the flowers and stir well. The ointment should last for about twelve to 24 hours.
Then the ointment is reheated until it is very fluid. So you can filter the ointment well through a cotton cloth to get out the blooms. If the flowers remained in the ointment, they could quickly mold. The ointment should be stored in a potty of dark glass that can be sealed airtight. Then the mass is stored in the refrigerator.
Tip: Vitamin E acetate is a so-called radical scavenger and is therefore often used in skin care products and sun creams. When making the marigold ointment, a few drops of vitamin E acetate enhance the anti-inflammatory effect. It also slows down skin aging and improves the appearance of the skin surface. Especially with a sunburn, this vitamin is an enrichment in the home-made ointment. By the way, this vitamin prevents or slows down your ointment's rancidity.
One of the simplest preparations is an ointment made from lard, at least if you do not mind the smell of lard. For this purpose, the lard is heated in a small saucepan. But be careful that it does not start to cook. Then the marigold blossoms are added and dipped with the wooden spoon in the very warm fat. You should stir the ointment carefully and frequently until the mass slowly cools down. Allow the ointment to pass through for at least 12 hours after cooling.
- 250 grams of milking fat (in case of emergency lard)
- 1 to 2 cups of marigold flowers
After being released, the mass is reheated and then passed through a cotton cloth. How to make the fat clean and pure. The flowers remain in the cotton cloth, it is prevented during manufacture that the flower residues in the fat mass can mold. This ointment will not necessarily require the addition of beeswax.
Tip: As hard as it is when you make your ointment yourself. If the ointment smells rancid or if it starts to mold on it, the cream must be disposed of immediately. If this happens more often, you may want to choose a different recipe for making your special ointment mix.
3. Lanolin / Wool Wax
Lanolin is a completely natural fat, which is also called wool wax. It comes from the sebaceous glands of sheep and is obtained by washing sheep's wool. That may not sound overly appetizing, but has great advantages, because the lanolin alone is already a good nourishing ointment for the skin. Additionally, it does not turn rancid as fast as other natural fats and soaks in the skin very well and quickly.
Tip: The wool wax that you receive in the pharmacy is absolutely pure and contains no residues of sheep's wool or the like. It does not necessarily have to use the bleached lanolin for the ointment, but if you have the choice, you can certainly use the unbleached lanolin. This is much more natural as there can be no residue from bleach. In addition, the yellow flowers later make the ointment slightly yellowish anyway.
Prescription for ointment with lanolin or wool wax
- 15 grams of lanolin
- 30 milliliters marigold oil or 2 cups full marigold blossoms
- 4 grams of beeswax
- 30 milliliters of distilled water
First, the lanolin with the beeswax and the marigold oil is heated in a small glass in a water bath.
In addition, the water is heated in a pot and slowly mixed under the molten fat gradually. Remove the glass from the water bath and cool the ointment by stirring it constantly. If you like, you can add a few drops of an essential oil to the handwarm ointment. However, this is not absolutely necessary, but the ointment then lasts longer and has an improved antibacterial effect.
Tip: If you often suffer from mosquito bites, there are some essential oils that you can mix in making the marigold ointment. Lavender, lemon or bergamot is suitable as a deterrent general-purpose weapon against mosquitoes. So make your own mosquito repellent from the marigold ointment. Since the essential oils must never be applied directly to the skin, the homemade ointment with marigolds is the ideal basis for the oils. Never add more than a quarter of the amount of essential oils to the ointment, and the temperature of the mass should be lowered sharply by continuous stirring.
4. Make marigold ointment with a little heat
If you have some time, you can make an ointment with marigolds almost without heat. This has the distinct advantage of preserving all the vitamins and nutrients in olive oil that may otherwise be lost on heating.
- 200 milliliters of oil
- 2 cups of marigold flowers
- 30 grams of beeswax
The flowers should be slightly chopped before being put in cold oil. In contrast to the usual procedures, this mixture of oil and flowers should be stored in a sunny place. Unfortunately, the process takes about six weeks without the heat. Then the flowers are filtered out with a cotton cloth. Then warm the beeswax until it is liquid enough and slowly add it to the slightly hand-warm olive oil. You have to stir quite quickly, so that the wax does not become lumpy. If that is the case, unfortunately, you have to warm the whole ointment again and stir well.
5. Make small quantities
If you only occasionally need some marigold ointment, the large amounts are often too sensitive and susceptible to mold. However, you can also make targeted very small amounts of ointment. But you should use coconut fat and melt it. In the liquid coconut fat are then given according to the amount of fat only a few drops of calendula oil.
So you can also make small portions so that they can be filled into an ice cube container. After cooling, then simply squeeze out the small portions and wrap them in cling film. But you should not freeze the ointment, it would lose too much of the active ingredients.
Tips for quick readers:
- Collect or buy marigold flowers
- optionally use calendula oil
- Select type of carrier fat
- Heat pork fat and add flowers
- keep warm for one hour, stirring constantly
- let it rest for twelve hours
- reheat and filter again
- Beeswax melt
- Melt grease and wax in a water bath
- Add marigold flowers or oil slowly
- when marigold ointment has almost cooled off
- possibly add essential oil
- Keep the marigold ointment in the refrigerator
- Put the marigolds in olive oil with olive oil
- then thicken with melted wax