Oh my…if you have read through my blog, you know I LOVE Calendula! This gorgeous flower is so easy to grow and not only looks beautiful in your garden but is awesome for DIY for body, teas, and cooking. The horses adore it! Calendula is one medicinal herb you will want to know more about.
To make this salve the infused oil takes three days to prep. Once it’s made it lasts for 2 years or more and you can make multiple salves and balms with it.
New Butter To Try
I discovered a wonderful salve recipe and wanted to share. What makes this salve wonderful is the mango butter. Instead of using shea butter, I decided to substitute shea for this as well as add these other ingredients I think you will find just as wonderful! This salve is just plain ol’ filled with substitutions…my middle name in cooking too! But ahhhh so good!
3 tbsp Calendula herbal infused oil (see recipe at the bottom takes three days to infuse)
2 tbsp mango butter (substitute for shea butter)
1 tbsp + 1 tsp Carnauba wax(substitute for beeswax, more shiny look, takes longer to melt)
1 tbsp Kokum butter (substitute for cocoa butter…it is a flaky looking)
¼ tsp Vit E. oil
9 drops Lavender essential oil
9 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil
4 drops Balsam of Peru(this is a VERY thick oil, like vanilla)
Jars that are fun…also any small jar work!
1) In a double boiler slowly melt down the Calendula oil, butter, and wax in the jar you will be storing it in.
2) Do not rush this or have high heat or it may scald oils. Stir with a wooden stick or tool until wax is melted.
3) Once ingredients are fully melted, remove from heat and place on a cooling pad. Wait 5 minutes or so and stir in Vit.E and essential oils.
4) Let rest in room temperature before using. It will get hard pretty quick. Don’t put a lid on jar until fully cooled.
This should last about a year or 2.
How to make your infused oilWhat you need: ( click on Bulk Herb Store to get these herbs, flowers)3/4 cup Calendula Flowers
1/4 cup Rose Hips
1/4 cup Comfrey
1/4 cup Chamomile Flowers
1/4 cup Arnica
Coconut oil (0r any carrier oil of your choice)
Vit. EHow to make:
1. Fill glass jar 1/3 full of herbal mix and cover with coconut oil. Screw on lid and place jar on top of a dishtowel in a crock potor Dutch oven.( we love cast iron)
2. Fill the crock pot with water (but not above the year’s lid) and turn on warm for three days or low simmer if using a stove.
3. Check the water level every day to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated and fill as needed. NEVER pour cold water over a hot glass jar.
4. After 3 days, strain off herbs from the oil with cheesecloth( while warm) or strainer. Add your Vit. E
Label and keep in a dark place.
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May the Lord bless you as you prepare recipes to keep you and your family healthy! Please let me know if you made some and how you liked it!
Keeping it natural as we can around the ranch!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Are you feeling overwhelmed by something today?
Why is it some days seem like bad things keep piling up? A phone call, a text, news, prayer chain, things breaking down, on and on. The feeling of powerlessness and simply… overwhelmed by it all! Are you feeling overwhelmed by something today?
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her warfare is ended, her iniquity is pardoned, she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
After reading this passage with a weight as heavy as the spring snow, comes another overwhelming feeling…peace. You see, by taking time in my bible reading and listening to what the Lord is saying takes the overwhelming negative stuff and turns it all into overwhelming peace. Why?
God’s got this! He has the bad news, illness of others, death of a loved one, house or car falling apart, bills to paid. The Lord has all these worldly struggles but we so often carry the weight of the snow ourselves. So dumb! However, each time the bad comes we have a choice.
Look at the first two words. Comfort He even repeats it, COMFORT. The Lord God is comforting His children by speaking tenderly. Our God is so personal demonstrating with a word that instantly brings peace. COMFORT!
I love this!
How does our God bring comfort? First through His word by reading it, accepting, and receiving every word as true.
By a phone call from an encourager and someone who will pray your problem through.
Simply waiting, crying out to God, and asking for peace in the struggle brings upon a little more peace.
What have you heard or dealt with in just the last few days? What struggle? What did you do when you heard it or came upon it? Did you call a friend? How about going to your phone or computer and facebooking your problem? Maybe just wept and kept it to yourself. All of these things are not bad but did they help? Did you carry this struggle throughout your day, week, or longer?
I would say NOT, as I have done all the above!
Rather than going to self gratifying answers, may I suggest once again turning to your Lord and Savior. Trust me, He has the answers. He says “the warfare is ended” it’s done! He has it taken care of. Our sins our even pardoned as the verse continues and even received double! Amazing good news! Do you see that? We need to look up when a struggle happens so the bad news can be turned to good by trusting in HIS ways and HIS timing.
The Lord does not want us in an overwhelmed state feeling like we are stuck or up to our necks with problems we can’t escape. He wants us to experience freedom even in the tough times. The longer we stay in the struggle the less we can do for Him.
If I am holding onto a problem, I can’t do the tasks of this ministry. My focus is on the problem vs. getting to His call on my life. When I am in a session with a child who is facing a major struggle, I am not able to be a good example of living in freedom with Christ. Therefore, when I am sharing Christ it isn’t as powerful as when I have prayed and given the problem to the Lord.
Looking at his picture do you see a cowboy up to his neck with snow? Or do you see a cowboy enjoying looking over the top and seeing the LIGHT and being thankful it’s not over his head. It’s like the glass half full thing. How do we deal with life issues and what is given to us?
Here’s a thought. Next time you experience an overwhelmed situation, look up. Get in the Word.
Pray, talk to God letting Him know your pain and struggle. God doesn’t want you to carry the load He already has. He can melt that snow! Maybe not same day, or season even. But He will melt it!
So call on Him, get rid of it so you can get back to HIS purpose for your day and life.
Trust your God can bring an overwhelmed circumstances to overcoming!
May you find the peace that passes all understanding, listen to his tender words, and embrace the word COMFORT in the world of overwhelming problems.
Give it to Him and Get to work! Ultimately, He is given all the glory because you gave your struggle to Him and trusted Jesus to take care of your worries.
We are getting into the Easter season…FREEDOM is celebrated! If you give baskets to love ones, think about a basket of Hope, Freedom, and His Love! Giving HIS word, a bible, or a simple message of Hope in a card!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
enjoy some quiet timewith Jesus,
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