Calendula – Comfrey Salve

A few months ago Jose suggested I get a helper to clean the cottage, especially on those days I’m boogeying to change two pairs of sheets in the grass hut, two pairs in the hanging tents, and one in the cottage, plus all the towels, and make everything sparkling, put out fresh coffee, tea, clean the glasses, etc…. So finally, I said, “Please, can I have her number, Jose?” Today was the second time she came, and boy, did she do a great job. She stayed late, and also cleaned the floors of my house, wow! While I was napping in the hammock, not feeling too, too guilty as Jose was napping in the other in front of where she worked.


Recipe of the Day – Salve for wounds, healing, dry skin


1 c. cold pressed olive oil

1 ounce dried herbs: 1/2 ounce calendula and 1/2 ounce comfrey

3 ounces grated beeswax

3 vitamin E capsules (of at least 400 units)

10 drops Essential Oil (lavender, rose, or jasmine, lemon, or your choice)

1 tsp. mica powder, color of choice, to color the salve. (But you don’t need to.)

Cheesecloth to strain herbs

Directions: Place your herbs into an oven safe dish and pour the olive oil in. Stir and bake in the oven at the lowest possible temperature (200 degrees or less) and bake for 3 hours. This is your infused oil. (Or, you can pour olive oil directly over the herbs in a clean jar and let sit for 6 weeks.)

    1. After 3 hours allow the mix to cool slightly but strain through the cheesecloth while it’s still warm. Squeeze out all the oil you can.
    2. Put your mixture in a pot on the stove (a double boiler would be great) and very GENTLY heat the oil mix back up, without burning.
    3. Puncture and add your vitamin E capsules (or about 1/2 teaspoon if using liquid E) and then add your beeswax. Stir until it’s completely melted and blended.
    4. Remove from heat and let cool just a minute or two while you add the essential oil  and mica powder – your color. Then pour into a wide mouth jar or several small jars. As it cools the mixture will become semi-solid and be the perfect consistency!

Word of the Day – ayudante – helper

Tip of the Day – They use washing machine powder to clean everything, and boy does it do a good job! In this recipe, to clean the wax out of your pan, fill it with water and bring to a hard boil then dump it out quickly into the earth, not down the drain. Wipe clean a few times with a paper towel. Label your jars. Great gifts. Here in Ecuador you can find beeswax from your local bee-growers, or buy beeswax candles!

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