We picked a basket of calendula flowers and E and I put the petals into our crock pot. We covered them with olive oil and then turned the pot onto low until the oil was hot, then turned it off to sit for awhile. I repeated this step two more times to get a triple strength oil.
Then we strained the oil into a pot and re-heated it. E added a bit of beeswax, to melt into it, so that when it cooled it would set up into a solid salve at room temperature. ( I used to use coconut oil to make this when I was vegan as it is solid at room temp. and I would just need to remember to store it in the fridge during our hot summers) I also like to add a few drops of lavender essential oil when it is cooled and I sometimes add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to act as a sort of preservative.This really only takes about 15 minutes of your time to make and now we have at least a year's worth of salve, likely E will want to give a couple away as gifts so we may make more. I sometimes like to make it with chamomile as well. It makes for a nice combination. It costs very little to make, only the olive oil and a bit of beeswax, and it makes the health food store product seem very pricey. I love things like this that are easy to make and offer a huge cost savings, as well as being pretty fun because you can customize it.
I saved a little bit of the calendula oil to mix with a chamomile infusion to make a lighter, less oily lotion so we will see how that turns out.