Re: Healing salve, was Re: [gardeners] Thursday in the garden

carolyn taylor (
Fri, 27 Oct 2000 17:57:41 -0700

It's great stuff for sunburn, too. My daughter and her husband and daughter 
showed up last July after a 300 mile trip in an open convertable with sun 
and wind burn. This stuff  healed it up without peeling.


At 10:48 AM 10/27/00 -0500, you wrote:
>It's pretty simple to make Ron. Use a double boiler and liquify about as much
>petroleum jelly (generic vaseline) as you want salve, put the washed and dried
>calendula blossom petals into the liquid, about as many as you can get in the
>amount you have liquified. Turn off the heat, cover the pot, let sit overnight
>to saturate the liquid. Next day heat jelly again and strain out the petals. I
>bought some salve jars off the internet and use those for the salve. They hold
>about 2 ounces IIRC and have metal lids. You get a scratch or abrasion you 
>rub a
>miniscule amount of salve on it and it helps it heal quicker. I picked the
>recipe up somewhere on a mailing list but don't remember where. I make no
>warranties as to efficacy or dangers. Your Mileage May Vary.
>Ron Hay wrote:
> >
> > Good morning, George,
> >
> > It is nice to hear of your garden thriving. Ours is, as well, especially
> > our outrageous macadamia, which is now in its 4th growth spurt this
> > year, having grown about a foot in the last two weeks (!)
> >
> > The star of our fall garden is our newest rose, "Diana, Princess of
> > Wales." What an exquisite blossom! It's all peaches and cream and
> > absolutely perfectly formed and a delight to behold. I hope the blossoms
> > will have longer stems next year, as it has been in our front rose
> > garden for only a few months now.
> >
> > We, too have planted calendulas, both pale yellow and rich golden-hued
> > ones. Not many, since we are using them as a filler until some of the
> > winter bulbs raise their little green heads.
> >
> > Your mention of a calendula-based healing cream fascinates me. How do
> > you prepare it?
> >
> > When our Australian tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) is a good-sized
> > shrub in a couple of years, we plan to harvest some of the leaves to
> > distill into tea tree oil, one of God's most marvelous healing oils. My
> > wife, Vivian, has been plagued with psoriasis on her elbows and knees
> > for years, but since I "discovered " tea tree oil on the net several
> > months ago, her patches continue to diminish, with regular application
> > of tto. It is nature's bactericide, fungicide and all-around "medicine
> > kit in a bottle, as they say."
> >
> > We just picked our pomegranates this week. I cleaned several and will
> > make a wonderful fruit salad out of them, sliced almonds, chopped dates,
> > golden raisins and a nectar consisiting of the juice of half an orange
> > blended with half a ripe papaya. Simply marvelous. When I made it for
> > the first time last  year, at Christmas, to take to Chula Vista where
> > Viv's sister and her mother live, she warned me not to be disappointed
> > if no one ate more than a polite taste, since it was "unusual." Well, I
> > mean to tell you, there was about enough left over to put into a tiny
> > container to take home:)
> >
> > The fuyu persimmon are wonderful this year. I harvested about 5, with
> > about 45 left on our little 12' tall tree. This morning, I nuked one for
> > three minutes and we enjoyed it with our oatmeal. I only nuked one to
> > see how it would turn out. It turned out absolutely delicious! I enjoy
> > eating them crisp, but Vivian, not a fan of crisp apples, either,
> > usually waits until they get kinda soft and mushy....which is not my
> > thing.
> >
> > Our Italian frying pepper plant has about 15 good sized ones on there to
> > harvest. Have not taken any off since last week, because our
> > unseasonably early cool weather and rain (!) has not allowed them to
> > develop that lovely blush.
> >
> > In about another month, our Mandarins will be ripe. It will be our first
> > real crop, since the neighbors cut down the Eugenia berry hedge that was
> > blocking half the day's sunlight from them.
> >
> > The Bearss lime tree is amazing! There must be 200 ripening limes on the
> > tree, some of which I have utilized to a great extent, in my foray into
> > Persian and Armenian cooking. What a treat to have such lovely fruit
> > available at this time of year. It is still rather amazing to this kid
> > who grew up on Long Island.
> >
> > Well, my friend(s), be well and enjoy the warmth of the fall sun on your
> > shoulders as you garden:)
> >
> > Ron