There are so many amazing benefits of Calendula. I am always on the lookout to find new ways to incorporate herbs into my daily routine. A little while ago I had a weird breakout on my skin, probably due to stress, but who knows! I have never had eczema or psoriasis, but something reacted to my skin (maybe a new foundation I was trialing??). So with my herbal knowledge I wanted to find something that would save my skin. Enter Calendula! It is a beautiful herb that has so many benefits – treats eczema, cradle cap, is wound healing (ie. Cuts and scrapes), antiseptic and a whole host of other uses. So I decided to make my own Calendula infused oil.
There are 2 methods to make a herbal infused oil. Heat or cold method.
In the heat method, the oil and herbs are heated over a very low heat for 3-5 hours, then the herbs are strained and you are left with the beautiful yellow hued oil. Given that it is infused over such a low heat, it maintains most of it’s
In the cold method, you place the herbs and oil into a glass jar, leave in a warm place but out of direct sunlight to allow to infuse for 2-3 weeks.
It’s all a personal preference.
Given that my skin had flared up, I needed to be able to use it straight away, so I decided to combine both methods. I heated over low heat for 3 hours, poured out enough to last me 2 weeks and then placed the rest in a jar to continue to infuse. The result was magic! My skin cleared up in a matter of days, but not only that, the texture and appearance of my skin greatly improved. It’s now part of my daily routine.
1 cup calendula flowers, dried
300ml apricot kernel oil (or you could use sweet almond or jojoba)
Chose the method you want to use, and then it’s ready to use. A few drops is all you need. It can also be made into a balm.
Herbal medicine can be used in so many forms. The more uses I find, the better my life is. Why not try to include some form of herbal medicine into your life and see for yourself.