Calendula infused oil for all your skin needs
What’s an easy way to provide a whole group of benefits for pretty much anything your skin needs? Calendula infused oil contains a medicine-cabinet full of support for your skin. Calendula soothes and boosts healing benefits for: burns, rashes, abrasions, bug bites, sunburn, eczema, dry skin, blemishes and acne … basically all.the.things.
Back up, back up, you say – what exactly are calendula flowers?
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) often called pot marigold or English Garden Marigold, are sunny, orange and yellow blossoms historically used for medicinal purposes. Calendula boosts lymphatic flow, soothes sore muscles and stimulates healthy tissue growth. Important tip: when you purchasing the blossoms, make sure you get the whole dried flowers, not just the petals. The highest concentration of medicinal benefits are found in the green bottom of the blossom.
Making calendula infused oil
Making your own calendula infused oil is easy – and there are quite a few ways to tackle it. The main differences in direction are time and heat. First, the traditional way to make infused oils requires nothing but clean jars and time (4 weeks) of patience. Secondly, you can speed up the process by adding a little heat – either by stovetop or by crockpot. Keeping the heat low and steady is key in protecting the medicinal properties in the flowers. Once you have this powerful oil ready and waiting in your cabinets, you’ll be amazed at the health benefits and options it provides.
Ready to try your hand at making some infused oil? Grab these simple ingredients, your witchy woman hat, and let’s get brewing! Wonder where you get calendula? Try this brand. You can also use calendula to infuse witch hazel with its goodness for DIY toners!
Calendula Infused Oil
- 32 ounce quart jar
- ½ cup dried calendula flowers (whole flowers preferred for best benefits)
- Fill all but top inch of jar with oil of your choice. Good options are: grapeseed oil, olive oil or apricot kernel oil. Remember calendula flowers are also edible, so using a nutritional, ingestible oil, allows you to be creative with your usage!
infusing the oil, no heat option
- Step 1: Place 1/3 – 1/2 cup of calendula flowers and buds into a clean quart-sized canning jar.** You can macerate or chop the flowers either before Step 1 or whir them in a blender with your oil in order to increase surface area of the botanical product. This allows for slightly increased benefits to be garnered from the flowers.
- Step 2: Fill jar with oil to the top 1 inch. Tighten the lid and place the jar in a warm, semi-dark place for 4-5 weeks. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight unless you cover the jar with something light-occluding like a paper bag.
- Step 3: Four to five times a week, gently rotate/agitate oil and replace on its shelf.
- Step 4: At the end of the timeframe, using a cheesecloth, pour oil and flowers over cheesecloth into a separate clean quart jar. Lightly squeeze the flowers to encourage all the beneficial ingredients to wind up in your finished product. Oil should last for up to 6 months.
infusing the oil, gentle heat option
- Follow Steps 1 & 2 as listed above.
- Step 3: Place a small towel or canning rack into bottom of stock pot. Place jar upright, and fill pot to 1/2 the height of the quart jar. Turn on the stove to medium/high and heat to simmer. Once simmer is reached, turn pot off, but leave on stove top. This process should be repeated multiple times, until the oil begins to take on a golden yellow color from the calendula. This process can take up to 24 hours, but allows for infused oil to be ready within a day as opposed to the much longer 4-5 weeks. Follow Step 4 above to finish the process.
infusing the oil, alternative heat option
- Follow Steps 1 & 2 as listed above.
- Step 3: Place a small towel in the bottom of a crockpot and place on low setting. Fill crockpot 1/2 – 3/4 height of quart jar (this process may be easier with smaller jars). Continue to process via a water bath for 4-6 hours. Follow Step 4 above to finish the process.