Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Calendula Infused Oil

I'm in love with Calendula flowers.  I got a free pack of seeds with a Calendula baby body wash once, and have grown them ever since.  They are very easy to grow and take care of.

You can find Calendula seeds here: Seeds of Change S14529 Certified Organic Orange Zinger Calendula

Calendula officinalis :
-also known as pot marigold or garden marigold, has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations

-Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties .

-It is useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed skin, cradle cap, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, sore or inflamed muscles,  and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. 

-Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks

-This versatile botanical can be incorporated into baths, creams, compresses, washes, salves, ointments, massage oils, baths, facial steams, tinctures, and teas. 

-It is also gentle enough to use for babies, children, or animals. 

-Internally, gargling with Calendula infused water may ease a sore throat, sores in the mouth, and inflammations in the mouth and throat -Source

This medicinal oil is simple to prepare and has so many uses. The gentle, soothing, and healing oil can be used alone, or incorporated into salves, massage oils, lip balms, ointments, creams, and lotions. 

How to Make Calendula Infused Oil:

You will need:
organic olive oil
organic dried Calendula flowers

1. Place Calendula flowers in a clean, dry glass jar. Too much moisture will cause the oil to go rancid, so that is why it is a good idea to dry them for at least three days before adding to the jar. Pour olive oil into the jar, making sure to cover the flowers by at least 1” of oil so they will have space to expand. Stir well and cap the jar tightly.

2. Place the jar in a warm, sunny windowsill and shake once or more per day.

3. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth. Pour the infused oil into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place.

This is my own personal method for drying flowers.  It looks kind of pretty.

Stay tuned to see how I like to use Calendula oil in an upcoming  "Healing Lotions" series.  

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