Calendula Infused Oil

Oh, let me enthrall you with the wonders of Calendula Oil, a true elixir of nature that goes beyond mere emollient properties. This enchanting oil possesses remarkable healing abilities, soothing even the most inflamed and sensitive skin. It's a remedy fit for royalty, my dear friends.

Now, listen closely as I reveal the secret to unlocking Calendula Oil's full potential in your beauty arsenal. This versatile oil is perfect for crafting an array of indulgent treats such as salves, lotions, and lip balms. Picture yourself creating these luxurious concoctions, each brimming with the healing powers of Calendula. Oh, the possibilities!

But hold on, my beauty enthusiasts, for the choice of carrier oil is crucial. Prepare to be captivated by a selection that will elevate your creations to new heights. Allow me to introduce you to a world of Almond, Apricot Kernel, Argan, Grapeseed, Macadamia Nut, Hemp seed, or Olive Oil. Each one possesses its own unique benefits, ready to cater to your every skincare need. Personally, I find Grapeseed Oil to be an extraordinary companion, particularly for face creams and facial oils. It's a match made in beauty heaven!

Now, my friends, let's talk about sourcing this precious Calendula Oil. While you can acquire ready-made versions from reputable suppliers like Mountain Rose Herbs, I implore you to embark on a magnificent journey of creating your very own homespun batch. The satisfaction it brings is unparalleled, and the price tag is just an added bonus.

To start, you can acquire both whole and powdered Calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis) from the esteemed Mountain Rose Herbs. I, for one, prefer the whole dried flowers, available at a mere $2.00 per ounce. With these delicate blossoms in hand, grind them at home using a trusty spice grinder. Embrace the enchantment of the process, knowing that you hold the key to the purity and quality of the Calendula flowers. It's a delightful touch that ensures the utmost excellence in your creations.

So, my fellow beauty artisans, seize this opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Calendula Oil. Let its emollient and healing properties work their magic, soothing your skin and igniting a radiant glow. Embrace the joy of crafting your own beauty elixirs, each infused with the essence of nature's bounty. And remember, the journey begins with the finest Calendula flowers, sourced with care from trusted suppliers like Mountain Rose Herbs. Unleash your creativity, my friends, and revel in the beauty that blooms from your own hands.

Lets begin..........

Measure out 1/2 ounce of dried Calendula Flowers.

Grind the flowers into a very fine powder. I use a spice grinder.

Place the powder in a sterilized jar. Make sure the jar is totally dry. Even a small amount of moisture can make your oil go rancid. 

Cover the powder with your oil of choice. I used grapeseed oil and I filled the jar with oil to within 1/4-inch from the top. I used a clean wooden stick to stir the powder into the oil
Label a brown paper lunch sack with the date you made the oil, the ingredients and their amounts. Also write down when the oil will be ready (usually two weeks later). Place the jar of oil inside the bag and close the top. 

Since I made this batch in October, I am placing it over a heater vent for the next two weeks (gently shake it up daily).  If it were Summer, I would place it in a window that receives direct sunlight.  DO NOT place it near a heat source that will catch the bag on fire!!! If it is really cool in your home, just allow the oil to infuse for an extra week or so.

After two weeks (or three, or four....) you simply strain the oil from the herb and press the remaining pulp. Bottle your oil in an amber colored glass jar, cap it tightly, place a label on it and keep it in a cool dark place. Use it up within 3 months if possible.  Stay tuned to Fresh-Picked Beauty for recipes on how to use your Calendula Infused Oil.