It’s been almost 3 years since I posted THIS neosporin salve. Let me tell you-it is probably THE most used DIY I have ever made. I use it for everything from cracked heels to treating bug bites and and cuts. I’ve made it over 20 times and honestly think it smells like what I imagine heaven to smell like! Yeah, I’m tootin’ this horn rather loud but I just really love this product. When I infused safflower oil with calendula flowers a few months ago, I wanted to make another version of the original healing balm but with EVEN MORE effective ingredients, so here we are with a DIY calendula tamanu healing balm recipe!
First things first, go HERE to learn how to infuse calendula flowers into oil. It’s super easy and you can’t beat the healing properties of calendula. You seriously can not match good ole’ unrefined coconut oil for it’s anti fungal/anti bacterial healing properties as well. I am never without coconut oil when it comes to damaged skin. I threw a curve ball with tamanu oil. Tamanu oil has an uncanny ability to regenerate damaged skin cells. It’s extremely helpful in acne formulations for this reason as well as the fact that it is antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant! If you need more reasons to add this oil to your arsenal, go HERE.
I’ve added lemon essential oil because I love it. Studies have shown that lemon oil may be the most powerful antimicrobial oil. It cleanses toxins from the body and purifies the skin. I added lavender essential oil due to it’s abilities to heal skin abrasions including burns. For even more potent anti bacterial action, a few drops of tea tree were added to ensure wounds do not get infected.
DIY Calendula Tamanu Healing Balm
3 TBSP. Calendula Safflower Oil (find calendula flowers HERE) (find safflower oil HERE)
2 TBSP. Coconut Oil (find it HERE)
1 TBSP. Tamanu Oil (find it HERE)
1.5 TBSP. Beeswax (find it HERE)
15 drops Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- Make a double boiler by filing a medium sized pot 1/2 way full with water and place a glass pyrex cup in the pot.
- Turn the stove top on to medium.
- Add all oils and beeswax (but not essential oils!!) to glass cup.
- Heat until beeswax is completely melted.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils.
- Pour into a 4 ounce glass jar. (I used a 4 ounce mason jar)
- Apply a thin layer to skin.
- Cover with a bandaid if needed.
- Apply as often as needed.
So there you have it! I would highly recommend going the extra mile and infusing oil with calendula flowers. It’s a very simple process. Not only does it reduce swelling, it revs up blood flow which in turn encourages the skin to heal. It’s also anti bacterial which can help keep wounds free from infection.
Remember that your DIYs are only as effective as the ingredients you choose. I have linked the exact ingredients that I used to make this balm. I always prefer to get my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.
P.S. Yes, lemon oil can cause you to be extra sensitive to the sun. Don’t apply this balm and then expose the area to prolonged amounts of sun. Some people have photo sensitivity to citrus oils but many do not. If you aren’t sure, I wouldn’t risk it.
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Hi Jennie, I am trying to access your recipe for Calendula Tamanu healing balm, but there is a large ad (?) for “healthline best skin blogs for 2017′ that keeps popping up on top of it, so that I can’t see the ingredients. How do I get around this? I have used many of your recipes, and have never had this problem before. Thanks for your help, Nancy
Hi Nancy! Thanks for telling me this. I have removed that badge from my sidebar. I’m not sure why it’s covering my posts but it should be gone now!!
Hi Jenni, I’m struggling to source safflower oil. Are there any good replacements you’d recommend? Thank you
I made this recipe today. I did tweaked it a bit. Added vitamin E, tumeric, more lavender oil, less lemon oil, added patchouli oil. Smells wonderful. Is a wonderful recipe. Thank you!
I prefer to avoid coconut oil in all my products. Can you recommend a substitute? I was think of babassu butter but it’s a little softer than coconut so should I increase the wax a little?
Chris-I typically avoid coconut in my DIYs except healing salves because coconut oil has such an incredible healing power. If you prefer to omit it I would think babassu butter would work but I’ve never worked with it. You might be Ok with the softness of this balm but with summer coming I think I would add an extra teaspoon of beeswax to be safe.
Can this be used on open skin, scrapes?
Sherri-Yes it can!
Thank you!! All your recipes & your page is just AMAZING!! So I have all ingredients on hand except the tamanu oil, would you have a recommendation for a substitution? I think on deck right now I have sweet almond, hemp and grapeseed, and avocado. Thank you for all the hard work you put into the site and your recipes. Can’t wait to try this💕
Also, I have been following you since I started making soap and skin care products back in 2013. I love to see how far you’ve come and your content is great!😊
Heather-Thank you so much!!!!
Heather-Thank you! If I were you, I’d use avocado if you plan to use this on drier skin types. However, Hemp is nice too and will absorb a bit quicker.