Wild Orange & Calendula Hand Salve

This healing hand salve is infused with anti inflammatory calendula petals and smells incredible. The more calendula the oil contains the deeper the orange colour of the oil will be, meaning it will have stronger anti-inflammatory properties. 

I used coco butter because of it’s nourishing and protective properties.  I love wild orange essential oil, but if you can’t source it just use sweet orange essential oil.

hand salve

Wild Orange & Calendula Hand Salve


100mls sunflower oil, infused with calendula petals. 

100g shea butter

30g cocoa butter

20 drops orange essential oil




  • Melt all the ingredients, except the essential oil, together over a low heat until you are able to mix and combine them well. 
  • Then remove from the heat and stir through the essential oil.  
  • Pour into a glass pottle and let it set before using.  
  • ideal for dry cracked skin over the winter, and you can even use this fragrant salve as a lip balm, or body moisturiser. 


Makes around 230g of salve, which will keep you going for a while because a little will go a long way. 



Exfoliating Body Scrub – Lime & Patchouli


Exfoliating body scrub
Prep Time
12 mins

How does Patchouli & Lime body scrub sound for a pick me up?

Such a week already, and between homeschooling the kids, working from home and renovating our house, I was feeling a bit ‘had it’ So I decided to treat myself with a homemade aromatherapy scrub tonight..... in a long hot bath.


I used Epsom salts, sea salt, hemp oil, olive oil, dried mint & lime and patchouli essential oil to make this scrummy scrub, but you can use your favourite oils in place of these. 

Servings: 10
  • 1 cup epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp hemp oil
  • 1/4 cup dried mint only if you have it
  • 20 drops lime essential oil
  • 20 drops patchouli essential oil
  1. Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well, add a few more drops of essential oil if you aren't using the dried mint.  You could replace the dried mint with 6 drops of peppermint essential oil. 

  2. Keep the scrub in a glass jar, and use around a tbsp in a shower or bath of wet skin.  

Recipe Notes

If you have very sensitive skin, or any cuts on your body the salt may sting, so replace the epsom salt with raw sugar to dilute the salt mixture. 

Skin Healing Balm


Skin healing balm
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Here is everything you need to heal skin through the hot summers and also through the cold winters.  Extreme weather makes skin crack and this can be painful.  This balm is gentle on sensitive skin, and healing with lavender essential oil and calendula petals. Divine! 

Servings: 70 Grams
  • 30 g cocoa butter
  • 25 g shea or mango butter
  • 30 g olive oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 bud dried calandula
  1. Melt all the ingredients together (except the essential oil) and stir gently to combine. 

  2. Remove from the heat, remove the calendula bud and add the essential oil.

  3. Stir again and let cool until it is almost set.

  4. Stir it well, and this will make the mixture creamy, then pop it into a glass jar or other pottle to use through the year. 

Recipe Notes

Keep out of sunlight so that it doesn't melt, and on hot days keep it in the fridge.  During winter it will be fine to go in your hand bag or sit on the bathroom counter. If it gets too cold...I only say this because we are edging towards snow here in NZ right now, it will harden and you can use it as a body butter block!

Note: I use a calendula bud because it is easily removed at the end of heating, but you can use petals and pop them into a metal strainer while heating.