August 11, 2022
The farm in the summer is filled with beautiful plant life and rows and rows of orange and yellow buzzing with the sounds of pollinators. Calendula is an easy plant to grow and easily self-seeds year after year. Its sticky, resinous blossoms are one of my favorite topical plants to grow and have on hand year-round. These beautiful yellow blossoms are antimicrobial, astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. They have an amazing ability to regenerate skin cells and heal wounds without scars. You can use calendula oil alone on cuts, scratches, burns and rashes or use the oil as a base for other topical recipes.
Makes 2 cups
2 cups dried calendula
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
16 oz jar
Wooden skewer or chopstick
Veggie tray heating mat (optional)
16 oz jar for storage
Run the calendula through a spice grinder, and then place it into a 16 oz jar. If you don't have a grinder, you can just place the calendula into the jar. Next, slowly pour the olive oil into the jar, filling it all the way up. Then with the skewer or chopstick, push down inside the sides of the jar. You'll notice air bubbles as the oil makes its way through the calendula. As more air bubbles come up, the volume of the oil will go down. Top off the jar with oil and repeat the process with the stick. Do this a couple of times. Then place the lid on the jar. Shake and place the jar upside down for a few minutes. Shake again. Open it back up and see if there is more room to add more oil; if so, top it off.
Place the jar on a veggie tray heating mat (such as the kind used for gardening) for 1 to 2 weeks, or let the jar hand out at room temperature for 4 to 6 weeks. Once ready, strain and store in a clean 16 oz jar.
You can use the oil as it is, by rubbing onto your skin and massaging it in, or you can make it into body butters and healing salves.
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1/4 tsp dark maple syrup
Pinch of cinnamon
3/4 cup still or sparkling water
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