Mountain Rose Herbs posted a great herbal infusion using calendula flowers and olive oil. I’m happy I made this, recently Yipi developed an awful upper body rash after being exposed to fumes from non-safe “corn free” meat. She was itchy, the bumps were red and swollen and she actually looked miserable. Into the kitchen I go… This was fairly easy to make. I started it one evening, turned it off at bedtime, and restarted it the next morning. Within one day of multiple applications the swelling and redness has subsided. Within two days the majority of the itchiness had gone away. Now we’re just waiting for the remainder of the bumps/hives to vanish.
I apologize for some of the blurry pictures, she moves rather quickly and she wanted the camera. It was much easier to get her right side than the left, she lost her desire to cooperate after the first 3 minutes. These pictures are from the first day that I noticed the rash. I only used the oil once and it only slightly improved by day two. Day two I lathered her up every two-three hours. It has been one week today. The swelling is gone, the redness is gone, and only a few of the bumps are lingering (she managed to get a few bug bites on her little legs). I would have uploaded additional pictures showing the reduction in allergic reaction, but she was not interested in cooperating.
- Dried, organic calendula flowers (about 3 cups or so)
- Dried, organic honeysuckle flowers (about 1 cup)
- 2 parts coconut oil and 1 part olive oil (enough to cover flowers)
- Organic Lavender essential oil
- Organic Tea tree essential oil
- Ceramic or glass bowl for flowers and oil
- Small pot, to be used as the base of “double boiler”
- Small strainer
- Clean, sterilized glass container for storing oil
- Add flowers and oil to ceramic or glass bowl. Make sure the oil covers the flowers.
- Place bowl over pot (should contain water – check to make sure it never runs out of water). Bring the water to a boil and turn it down to simmer. I let it simmer for 6 hours.
- Remove from heat, let cool.
- Strain into glass storage container.
- Add essential oil and gently stir.
- Put into the refrigerator and use as needed.
I plan to use a similar procedure (with additional ingredients and steps) to make our homemade bug repellent.
This medicinal oil is simple to prepare and has so many uses. The gentle, soothing, and healing oil is perfect for cradle cap, diaper rash, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, and sore or inflamed muscles. The oil can be used alone, or incorporated into salves, massage oils, lip balms, ointments, creams, and lotions.
Organic Olive oil
Organic Calendula flowers
1. Place Calendula flowers in a clean, dry glass jar. If using fresh Calendula, wilt for 12 hours to remove most of the moisture (too much moisture will cause the oil to go rancid) 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.
Heat Method: … heat can be applied if you need the oil quickly. To prepare, follow step 1 from above, but place the Olive oil and Calendula flowers in an uncovered container. Warm over low heat at approximately 100 degrees F for at least 3-5 hours, the longer the better. A yogurt maker, double boiler, or inside the oven with a pilot light on are all effective ways to heat the oil, just make sure to check the temperature occasionally to ensure that the oil isn’t getting too warm. Once the oil has infused, strain out the herbs using cheesecloth and package the infused oil into glass bottles.