Infuse the olive oil, calendula, and chamomile using either the slow or fast method: ● Slow Infusion: Put the olive oil, calendula, and chamomile in an airtight jar and allow to infuse for up to 6 weeks for maximum healing benefits. ● Fast Infusion: Heat the olive oil, calendula, and chamomile over low or medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often.
Strain the calendula and chamomile using a fine mesh sieve, a towel, cheesecloth, or a coffee filter (if you did the fast infusion method, allow it to cool to room temperature first). Discard the used calendula and chamomile. Set infused oil aside.
Create a double boiler by filling a saucepan with a couple inches of water then placing a glass bowl over the mouth of saucepan. Bring the water in the saucepan to a simmer and, in the glass bowl, melt the coconut oil and beeswax thoroughly. Mix in the infused olive oil.
Remove from the heat. Add the lavender essential oil. Pour into a sterilized glass jar (such as empty baby food jars or small canning jars). Allow to cool before adjusting an airtight lid.
To use, apply a thin layer to dry nipples and areola (whether or soar or not) just after nursing (it should glisten a bit, but not be too heavy). Wipe off any remnant before nursing baby again. This recipe is safe to use with cloth nursing pads.