Homemade Calendula Infused Oil

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Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is one the most versatile herb available. It can be taken internally as a medicinal herb or the oil can be extracted for topical use. Topical application of Calendula oil is great for a variety of skin ailments, including remedy for cuts and burns to the skin.

To extract the oil we need to use a carrier oil as a medium to pull oil out of the flower. For this purpose, we are going to use Extra Virgin Olive oil as a carrier oil. Dried Calendula flowers can be purchased from a good herbal store.

Dried calendula flower

Disclaimer: Calendula is a daisy (Asteraceae species) family plant which can cause an allergic reaction to those with daisy allergy and/or hayfever sufferer.

Equipment:

  • Glass jar, wide-mouth
    Note: You can use a tomato salsa glass jar
  • Wooden rolling pin
  • Smaller jar
  • Sieve

Ingredients:

  • Dried calendula flower
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. First, choose a glass container. A wide-mouth glass jar is ideal.
  2. Stuff the dried calendula flowers inside the jar
  3. Using a wooden rolling pin, push down on the calendula until tightly packed. Add more calendula and repeat the process until the jar is packed tightly with dried calendula. Leave empty air in the top 20% of the jar.
  4. Pour extra-virgin olive oil into the jar soaking the dried calendula
  5. Using the wooden rolling again, push down on the calendula to ensure it is fully soaked in the oil. Make sure there are no air pockets formed inside the jar.
    Soaking calendula in oil
  6. Add olive oil if necessary to ensure calendula is fully submerged in oil
  7. Close the lid tightly and store in a cool dark place such as kitchen cupboard
  8. Allow the calendula sits in the oil for 1-2 weeks or 1 month for a more potent calendula oil
  9. After the time passed. Using washed and clean hands, squeeze the oily calendula tightly, squeezing the oil through a sieve and down into a small jar to collect the oil.
  10. Repeat the process until you have extracted most of the oil out of the calendula
  11. Store the calendula oil for later use
  12. You may discard the now spent calendula or mix a small amount at a time in the salad to eat.
    Note: Keep the calendula in an airtight glass container inside the fridge.

How to use calendula oil:

  • Topically: Apply a layer of Calendula oil on your skin as a remedy for cuts (to heal wounds faster), burns, skin rash, acne, eczema, psoriasis, mouth ulcers, herpes simplex lesion, bedsores, inflamed skin, nappy rash, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, insect bites.
  • Internally: Drizzle a small amount of the now Calendula infused olive oil in your salad meal. Calendula is known to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral.

Making cream or salve:

After the process outlined above, you can thicken the liquid oil into a cream or salve consistency. Do this by using low heat to melt some beeswax in bain-marie process. Once the beeswax is liquified, add calendula oil together and stir until completely mixed. Ensure that you use a very low heat just enough to melt and mix the beeswax into the oil. Adjust the amount of beeswax for oil thickness.

If you have any skin related diseases, please contact our Naturopath Bernard Chu at 0412 723 823 or email bernard@greenheartnaturalhealth.com.au for an obligation free discussion.

Online consultation is also available for your convenience.

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Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is one the most versatile herb available. It can be taken internally as a medicinal herb or the oil can be extracted for topical use. Dried Calendula flowers can be purchased from a good herbal store.

Dried calendula flower

To extract the oil we need to use a carrier oil as a medium to pull oil out of the flower. For this purpose, we are going to use Extra Virgin Olive oil as a carrier oil.

Disclaimer: Calendula is a daisy (Asteraceae species) family plant which can cause an allergic reaction to those with daisy allergy and/or hayfever sufferer.

Equipment:

  • Glass jar, wide-mouth
    Note: You can use a tomato salsa glass jar
  • Wooden rolling pin
  • Smaller jar
  • Sieve

Ingredients:

  • Dried calendula flower
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. First, choose a glass container. A wide-mouth glass jar is ideal.
  2. Stuff the dried calendula flowers inside the jar
  3. Using a wooden rolling pin, push down on the calendula until tightly packed. Add more calendula and repeat the process until the jar is packed tightly with dried calendula. Leave empty air in the top 20% of the jar.
  4. Pour extra-virgin olive oil into the jar soaking the dried calendula
  5. Using the wooden rolling again, push down on the calendula to ensure it is fully soaked in the oil. Make sure there are no air pockets formed inside the jar.
    Soaking calendula in oil
  6. Add olive oil if necessary to ensure calendula is fully submerged in oil
  7. Close the lid tightly and store in a cool dark place such as kitchen cupboard
  8. Allow the calendula sits in the oil for 1-2 weeks or 1 month for a more potent calendula oil
  9. After the time passed. Using washed and clean hands, squeeze the oily calendula tightly, squeezing the oil through a sieve and down into a small jar to collect the oil.
  10. Repeat the process until you have extracted most of the oil out of the calendula
  11. Store the calendula oil for later use
  12. You may discard the now spent calendula or mix a small amount at a time in the salad to eat.
    Note: Keep the calendula in an airtight glass container inside the fridge.

How to use calendula oil:

  • Topically: Apply a layer of Calendula oil on your skin as a remedy for cuts (to heal wounds faster), burns, skin rash, acne, eczema, psoriasis, mouth ulcers, herpes simplex lesion, bedsores, inflamed skin, nappy rash, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, insect bites.
  • Internally: Drizzle a small amount of the now Calendula infused olive oil in your salad meal. Calendula is known to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral.

Making cream or salve:

After the process outlined above, you can thicken the liquid oil into a cream or salve consistency. Do this by using low heat to melt some beeswax in bain-marie process. Once the beeswax is liquified, add calendula oil and stir until completely mixed. Ensure that you use a very low heat just enough to melt and mix the beeswax into the oil. Adjust the amount of beeswax for oil thickness.

If you have any skin related diseases, please contact our Naturopath Bernard Chu at 0412 723 823 or email bernard@greenheartnaturalhealth.com.au for an obligation free discussion.

Online consultation is also available for your convenience.