100g chopped Calendula officinalis flowerheads (Marigolds)
150g emulsifying ointment
Mix your chopped flowerheads, emulsifying ointment, glycerin and water. Stir well then simmer gently in a bain marie for 2 to 3 three hours. Add a few drops of lavender oil to preserve. Strain the mixture into sterilized glass jars. Label and date, and store in fridge for up to a year.
Applied externally this cream is said to help with many minor skin problems including nappy rash, cuts and grazes, chilblains and even insect bites.
Nb 100gm = approx 70 flower headsI have had friends who have tried it and loved it, as it is natural with no preservatives or artifical ingredients; my supplies have dwindled and this year's marigolds are yet to grow big enough to produce flowers for this year's supplies.
NB - I did also try it with rosemary and lavender - equally nice, but then I might be biased.
Interesting link to another home-made recipe for lip-balm here : Kathy