This is the first time I have tried making a Calendula infused base oil and I am not sure I am truly satisfied with my result… I think my main issue is really with the color. That would only mean using a lighter olive oil next time. Anyway, let me tell you what I did.
Firstly, I already had a bag of dried Calendula (marigold) flowers. So I based my measurements off of that. I put the flowers ( I would like to try this with fresh flowers sometime) in a glass jar – this one was from sauerkraut- and filled until an inch above the flowers with olive oil. I stirred it very well before putting the lid on , making sure all the plant matter had been soaked in oil. Then screwed the lid on and put it on a shelf right above the heat vent. In summer you would put it on a sunny window sill. I shook it everyday for about a month and considered it done. I was following a method from memory and hoping it was kind of fool-proof…
Covering the jar with cheesecloth, I then poured the oil into a glass pitcher. Then I gathered all the soaked flowers in the cheesecloth and gently squeezed out all the remaining oil.
This is my final oil. As you can see it really looks like olive oil and the smell, although somewhat altered by the Calendula still leans heavily toward olive oil. As I said this was a first attempt and from memory as well, so I am kind of happy about it . I tried some on slice of bread I just brought home from the farmers market and it was pretty delish, plus I got that immediate soft skin reaction that happens after ingesting skin nourishing ingredients, so I can’t wait to try it topically. After the taste test I added Vitamin E as a natural preservative. So, I will now move on to the R&D phase of this oil and keep you posted. Next time I would like to use fresh flowers and maybe the stove top method. At any rate if you don’t know much about the miracles of calendula I will put some info here and suggest further reading as well :
***Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial: Calendula has healing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties; in earlier times, it was often use to disinfect wounds, and treat burns and skin infections (like ringworms and athlete’s foot). Documented reports also reveal that in earlier times, calendula oil was even used as a treatment against staphylococcus infections as the oil effectively killed the nasty bacteria that ate away at the flesh.
These days, the essence, extract or oil of calendula is incorporated into emollients and washes to fortify healing effects – calendula-infused products are still used by people who want to naturally aid the healing process of their wounds. It’s commonly used to treat acne, dermatitis, diaper rashes, dry skin, eczema, insect bites, and hemorrhoids.
Antioxidant rich: Calendula is rich in antioxidants like carotenoids, vitamin A pre-cursors, that help to swipe away free radicals which can cause premature aging. It’s also very rich in tocopherols, or vitamin E, another antioxidant with amazing skin softening abilities. In addition, some preliminary studies who’s the linolenic acid in calendula oil may also help reduce photo aging from the sun.
Brightening and regenerating: Calendula is an all-natural skin brightener effective at reducing the appearance of scars. Studies reveal that the extract of this herb blossom can stimulate the production of collagen which is important in proper skin regeneration so for those with dull skin who want to regain their youthful, glowing skin, calendula-infused toners and moisturizers can surely do the trick.