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Calendula First Aid Salve for Chickens, Pets and People

This homemade calendula salve is good to have on hand to treat minor cuts and injuries in your backyard chicken flock, other pets and family members.

This Calendula salve is a soft, easily spreadable ointment that highlights the soothing properties of Calendula, which has a long history of being used as natural first aid for cuts, scrapes and scratches as well as for minor wounds and bug bites. 

Calendula also helps to heals skin tissue and hydrate it, and can be helpful to treat cases of frostbite in your flock. Calendula is inexpensive and easy to find commercially, but also pretty easy to grow yourself.

This salve uses coconut oil and Vitamin E which are known to further aid in wound healing and soften skin.

Vitamin E oil is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which will help to prolong the shelf life of of the salve.

Calendula First Aid Salve for Chickens, Pets and People

What You'll Need

Handful of fresh or dried Calendula flower petals

Pint-sized Mason jar or glass jar with lid

1-2 cups of olive oil

2 Tablespoons coconut oil

2 Tablespoons beeswax (I prefer the pastilles because they melt so much faster)

Liquid Vitamin E

What you Do

To Make Calendula Infused Oil 

Add the Calendula petals to the Mason jar and cover completely with olive oil. 

Stir to be sure all the petals are coated, then add enough olive oil so that the petals are covered by at least an inch of oil.
Replace the lid on the jar.

Set the jar in a sunny location, and shake it each time you walk by, to keep the contents will mixed. 

After 2-3 weeks, strain out the solids and discard them (or measure out just 1/2 cup of the liquid, add some more olive oil and let the rest of the jar continue to infuse). 

To Make the Calendula Salve

  • Melt the coconut oil and beeswax until liquified - stir until well mixed.  
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of the calendula-infused olive oil.
  • Add a few drops of Vitamin E.
  • Stir to mix well.
  • Pour into a heat-safe covered tin or container and let sit until the mixture solidifies.

Then it's ready to use. Apply liberally to the site of a wound and store in a cool, dry location.

Not interested in making your own? Check out my Herbal Salve with Rosemary instead.

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Further Reading

If you enjoyed this recipe, you'll love my book 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks which includes the recipes for several more homemade herbal salves.
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