This recipe is a simplified version of my Calendula Infused Herbal Salve. I have removed coconut oil and all of the essential oil to make this recipe usable to us in our current state. We are continuing an extended break from all things coconut.
Remember the blog post by Mountain Rose Herbs concerning the healing aspects of Calendula? We have been using calendula for healing skin rashes since I read that particular post. I try not to run out of the dried flower. My goal is to grow my own, but that hasn’t come to fruition as of yet.
Why Calendula? From MRH
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 making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, 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.
This oil is very easy to make and very important to keep on hand. It smells absolutely wonderful but it is very oily and makes for a slippery Yipiyuk until it is absorbed into her skin. I keep one bottle in the cabinet for daily applications and one in the refrigerator for those rashes that seem to be uncomfortable, and a little coolness is desired for comfort.
Simple Calendula Herbal Oil
- Dried, organic calendula flowers (about 2 cups or so)
- Enough Organic Olive oil to cover flowers
- Ceramic or glass bowl for flowers and oil (make sure it fits nicely into pot)
- 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 water into the pot and put that on the stove on the low setting.
- Place bowl over pot (make sure it never runs out of water).
- Let it simmer for at least 1 hour
- Remove from heat, let cool.
- Strain into glass storage container
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.