Calendula Infused Oil
Calendula oil is made from the flower tops of marigold flowers and is quite sticky. It is traditionally used for abdominal cramps and constipation, but your skin will receive a good bulk of this oils benefits, thanks to the its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and other beneficial properties.
There are several different methods to infusing calendula petals, however I prefer to let the sun naturally infuse the oil. Slow and steady always gives me the perfect results. As far as which oil to use, there's no wrong answer. My skin loves sunflower and avocado oil, but coconut or olive oil work just as well.
Harvest your flowers at the height of their bloom, in the heat of midday when all the dew has evaporated. Lay them out for at least 12 hours to remove the moisture.
- Carrier oil of choice, I love sunflower and avocado for this infusion
- 3-4 cups freshly harvested and dried calendula petals, more for a stronger aroma and color
- 8 oz mason jar - wide mouth
- Fine cheese cloth for straining
Oil Infusion Instructions
- Place herbs in a clean, dry mason jar. I recommend the wide mouth type so you can easily get a spatula in there when it's time to strain the herbs. You'll want every last drop out of that jar!
- Fill remaining space in the jar with your oil of choice, making sure to cover herbs by at least 1 inch. If your herbs soak up all of the oil, pour more oil on top to ensure the herbs are well covered.
- Tighten the cap, write the date on the top, and shake everything up.
- Place jar in a sunny, warm windowsill and shake at least once each day.
- After 3-4 weeks, strain the herbs out of the oil using a cheese cloth and mesh strainer. Make sure and squeeze out every precious drop of oil!
- Pour your oil into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place.
Catch the calendula petals in cheese cloth as you're straining the oil. Don't forget to save some of the petals for your finished projects!
This is an easy process to teach the little ones, all it requires is patience and a few ingredients you may have already around the house. My kids are always so excited to get to work with the herbs and flowers!
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