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Soothe Your Skin with Homemade Calendula Oil

Soothe Your Skin with Homemade Calendula Oil

Many types of skin conditions will benefit from an herbal infused oil. Oils are applied topically to the affected area; calendula flowers make a beautiful infused oil that works wonders to soothe the skin.

To prepare calendula infused oil:

You will need a clean glass quart jar that is completely dry inside. Make sure that all of your utensils are also clean and dry; the smallest amount of moisture can spoil your oil. Place 1/3 cup of dried calendula flowers in the jar and add enough good-quality olive oil to fully cover the plant material.

Check the jar after several hours to make sure the flowers have not absorbed all of the oil. If all the oil has been absorbed, add another inch or so. Cover the jar with a clean piece of cotton cloth or unbleached coffee filter and secure it with a rubber band or canning jar lid ring. Do not cover with a lid yet, because the plant material will sometimes release gases that could blow the lid right off the jar. Let the oil infuse in a sunny window or the kitchen counter for about ten days.

Strain out the flowers and discard. The remaining oil may be kept in a glass bottle at room temperature for up to one year.

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Adapted from Growing 101 Herbs that Heal by Tammi Hartung (Storey, 2000).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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11:30AM PDT on May 30, 2013

I like to infuse my oils for longer periods of time for a stronger infusion. This article describes the process I use for my Calendula Infused Olive Oil: http://www.creativesimplelife.com/making-and-using-herbal-infused-oils-calendula-and-olive-oil/

2:02AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Thank you :)

2:37AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Cheers :)

11:37AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

P.S. Excellent for piles too.

11:36AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

My Mother makes a salve with calendula, using vaseline. It is great to use on dry skin, as a nappy barrier & lipsalve. As calendula flowers all year (hence the name...flowers every month on the calenda), you can make it at any time. Lavender & chamomile are nice herbs to use in baby massage, using the same technique.

1:23AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thank you :)

12:42PM PDT on May 29, 2012

great info hehe yes where/when does the lid go on??

3:08AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Thanks for posting.

11:35PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thank-you for the article. I've been using calendula in various forms for many, many years. It is truly a wonderful healer for cuts, scrapes, chapped lips/hands, just to name a few.

8:58AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Thank you

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