How To Make Calendula Oil
Do you strugle with dry skin? Or maybe you know someone who has eczema?
Calendula oil can be a natural aid to helping the skin recover and heal.
What is Calendula oil?
Calendula Officinalis is a flowering garden plant commonly found around the world but native to Europe. Its petals are edible which means you can add them to salads and baked goods for a little extra touch.
As a herb, this plant is part of the Aster (Asteracaea) family which includes plants like chamomile, echinacea, and milk thistle. The Aster family is one of the largest plant families and has many culinary and medicinal properties.
Calendula oil is an oil that has been infused with dry calendula whole flowers or petals. The process is simple: place the flowers in a clean jar, cover them with oil of choice, and let it sit for some time.
You can use this oil directly on your skin or add it to homemade salves and creams. Calendula oil has so many benefits to the skin and is a very safe herb for babies and children.
How Calendula can help the skin
Calendula is a soothing and gentle herb. It’s been known to help with the healing of wounds as well as soothe any inflammation at the site. It can also reduce the risk of infection thanks to its antimicrobial properties.
[Related reading: 6 Natural Ways to Treat Eczema]
Calendula is also great at giving life to the skin. By boosting the natural production of collagen (a key part of healthy skin), it makes for a natural, soothing, and nourishing option. Since it is also gentle, like Chamomile, it is safe and can be used by babies, children, and adults alike.
How to use Calendula oil
1. On the scalp
For those who suffer from dandruff or itchy scalp, Calendula can help relieve those symptoms due to its anti-fungal effects.
2. On the skin
Calendula is great for diaper rash, dry skin, Eczema, and Psoriasis as well as wounds, scars and minor burns.
3. On hair
Want thicker hair? Try Calendula oil! It can help regenerate and heal the scalp and encourage the growth of more hair follicles.
4. As a sunscreen
A 2012 Laboratory study found good SPF properties in Calendula oil as part of a cream. This makes it a good ingredient to add to a homemade suncreen recipe.
How to make Calendula Infused Oil
For this recipe, we are going to use the non-heat method. It’s easy, quick on the front end and you can mix the ingredients to let it sit and infuse the oil before you strain it.
1. A clean jar
2. Dried Calendula flowers (like this Organic one)
3. Freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil (the best you can find)
Fill half the jar with dried Calendula flowers. Try to get as much of the entire flower as you can for more concentration.
Fill the jar all the way to the top with the olive oil
Cover with lid and allow to sit for 4 to 6 weeks in a bright spot in your house. Stir with a wooden spoon or shake every once in a while
Strain into a clean jar and discard the flowers.
With this oil, you can save it to apply directly to your skin or scalp or add it to homemade creams and salves.
How to store your Calendula oil
The best part about this oil is that it has a long shelf life of up to 2 years. If you want to extend this more, store it in the refrigerator.
For best results, store your Calendula oil in a cool dark spot to avoid damage to the oil from light. You can also use dark glass bottles.
Final thoughts on calendula oil
Calendula oil is an easy herbal infusion you can make at home to soothe irritated skin, strengthen hair and regenerate the scalp. Not to mention, it’s low-cost and a natural way to support the body.
Have you tried Calendula oil? I would love to hear it if you did!