• Stephi Durand

Calendula-Infused Oil

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This year, I'm taking my first steps into herbalism. Ready to learn of some natural remedies that'll help me feel better in myself when it doesn't seem necessary to take medication.


My first steps have been with a calendula salve, make with a calendula-infused olive oil.


But to make the salve, you need the oil, and considering just how easy it is to make, you may as well do it yourself!

A royalty-free image of a bowl of dried calendula flowers. A hand above the bowl holding more dried flowers.
Dried Calendula Flowers

Benefits of Calendula

(Calendula Officinalis)


Calendula — also known as pot marigold — is widely used as a medicinal plant due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.


As well as the whole petals, the flowers can be used as powders or made into oils, creams, and ointments.


While gentle, it's healing effects are powerful. It's good for healing wounds such as bites, bruises, blisters, cuts, and cold sores. It nourishes dry, itchy, or irritated skin. Calendula is a natural remedy option for the prevention and treatment of rashes and irritations regarding babies.


If you are sensitive or allergic to ragweed or marigold, you may experience the same with calendula.


The Oil


When it comes to oil, I use olive oil. I don't mind which variety -- virgin, extra virgin, or plain olive oil -- as it's always one I tend to have on hand for cooking and I don't have to worry as much about potential allergies unlike almond, coconut, and avocado oil.


Some people use almond, argan, rosehip, or even jojoba oil.


The prices do vary on the type of oil you pick. And I much prefer the price of olive oil compared to the rest.


If I know there's a chance I'll be using the oil around my mouth (such as lip balm) then I avoid jojoba oil. While great for your skin, it should not be ingested.

A skull glass filled with calendula petals and olive oil. For a lid it has folded kitchen roll with a string tied around to keep it in place.
My calendua infusion with a makeshit lid of tissue and string
 

Calendula-Infused Oil

Ingredients:

  • Dried Calendula Flowers

  • Oil of choice

What You Will Need:

  • Clean glass jar

  • Lid or cover for the jar

How To:


Step One: Add your dried flowers to the glass jar.


Step Two: Fill the jar with the oil of your choice, ensuring all the flowers are submerged. Add the cover or lid to your jar.


Step Three: Store in a cool, dark space for 6 weeks. Stirring the liquid occasionally. (I gently turn the jar to move the flowers in the oil when I have a fabric cover) After 6 weeks, strain the flowers from the oil and compost.


Store the infused oil in the cool, dark space until ready to use.

 

While this oil does involve time, the majority is spent leaving it to do its own thing. It's mere minutes of active time!


Now you have the infused oil, why not put it to use? Try it out with a multi-purpose, nourishing calendula salve. (Recipe coming soon!)

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