Making your own remedy: soothing marigold creamPosted on: 29 May 2015 by Gareth Hargreaves
Make use of the natural healing properties in your garden with this easy to follow recipe for soothing marigold cream
This is a cream you can make yourself to soothe irritable skin, eczema, insect bites and sunburn. The healing properties of Marigolds have been recognised for centuries
Marigold petals remedy bee or wasp stings if you rub them on the sting as you would a dock leaf for a nettle sting. The healing properties of this plant reduce swelling and soothe the skin - the recipe here is based on this age-old wisdom.
It is worth noting that you will have some of the marigold infusion left at the end of this recipe. If taking an infusion of marigold petals internally you should only take it in doses of one tablespoon at a time. This is said to be helpful in the treatment of stomach ulcers and varicose veins but always check with your herbalist or GP for advice.
1 oz Marigold petals in the screw-top tub you are intending to keep the cream in.
4 tbls emulsifying wax
1 tbls glycerine
4 drops tincture of benzoin
4-5 drops of calendula oil
Pour half a pint of boiling water over the marigolds and leave top infuse for half an hour. Strain the mixture, retaining the liquid.
Meanwhile, melt the wax and glycerine in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water as Delia Smith would chocolate!
Once melted take away from the heat and add 1/4 pint of the strained marigold mixture. Mix this in well and then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix thoroughly until the concoction starts to look like double cream.
- Pour mixture back into the jar and leave to set. This will keep for over 6 months.
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