My pot of calendula has been growing wonderfully. It was recently time to cut and dry them, and make a jar of calendula herbal oil.
The jar sat about 6 weeks in a sunshine filled window, then strained.
I used the oil to then make my first healing salve (recipes from Mountain Rose Herbs).
The calendula salve will be great on my sore muscles too.
I also made lip balm with the calendula oil. I have made lip balm in the past, but not with home grown herbs. This is a first for me as well. Although a few girls here want their lip balm in tubes, not jars, they are willing to try it. The recipe made 6 - 1/4 oz. jars. I took one and started using it right away. I love the smell too! I added lavender to this batch.
Update: This also fills 10 lip balm tubes, making more from one batch. Also, these tubes are less expensive than the jars I used (pictured above).