Marigold flowers, also known as Calendula, are a beautiful quick growing garden flower used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations. Calendula has become widely popular for its anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Calendula infused salve, balm, lotion or spray can relieve cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, bee stings and more. In fact it’s so gentle it can be used on babies and animals. You can gargle with Calendula infused water or warm tea to ease a sore throat and to heal painful mouth sores. If you don’t have the time to make your own Calendula infused products there are a large variety of products for sale in your local supermarket, pharmacy or online. One of our favorites is the California Baby Calendula Collection, California Baby has taken the time to develop and use one of the best and highest concentrations of Calendula flower extract. This line of product includes a hand wash, shampoo and body wash, hair conditioner, bubble bath and an amazing body lotion. Their collection is not only amazing for children, but a great product for adults as well.
When planted in your garden, the Calendula flower adds such a beautiful and vibrant hue to your landscape. It also repels many common garden pests including aphids, tomato hornworms, and eelworms. Below is an amazing recipe to make your own Calendula infused oil. Thank you to mountain rose blog for this recipe (http://mountainroseblog.com/healing-canlendula/). Happy healing!
Calendula Infused Oil
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.
2. Place the jar in a warm, sunny windowsill and shake once or more per day.
3. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth. Pour the infused oil into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place.
Heat Method: I prefer to infuse oils utilizing the solar or folk method described above, but 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.