I think kids should have skinned knees a lot of the time. It means they’re trying new things, challenging themselves and experimenting with the laws of gravity. That being said I also like helping along the healing process and making sure the booboos don't get infected.
A staple in our bathroom cabinet (and bedside table, and kids room shelf, and living room windowsill…) is “booboo balm”. A healing calendula salve I use for all skin ailments from scrapes to bug bites, rashes to diaper rash and imaginary booboos.
Calendula infused oil helps speed skin regeneration, has antibacterial and immunostimulant properties and stimulates collagen production, therefore, reducing the chance of scarring.
Calendula grows easily and in many climates, so the best option is to grow our own. It is told that the best medicinal plants to heal us are the ones that grow nearest to us.
Here is a handful from our garden, picked in the middle of the day when the flowers are open the widest.
Healing Calendula Salve
50 grams calendula infused almond oil
100 grams of flowers are almond oil
25 grams beeswax
4 drops lavender essential oil
Melt beeswax in a double boiler on low. When melted add calendula infused and plain almond oil and melt again. Remove from the boiler and add the lavender oil. Pour into jars and allow to cool before moving.
How do you use calendula? Do you have a favorite healing salve? Please share in the comment section.