Creating calendula-infused oils for your apothecary cabinet is a delightful way to harness the healing properties of this golden herb. Infused oils can be used in various herbal preparations including salves, balms, lotions, and creams. Here's a simple guide to help you make your own calendula-infused oil at home.
Dried calendula petals
Carrier oil of your choice preferably organic (such as olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil)
Clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid
Cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer
Dark glass bottles for storing the infused oil
If you are harvesting your own flowers, give them a good rinsing and then carefully blot them dry with a towel. Next, you will want to lay them flat to dry on a screen in a sunny spot. Make sure the flowers are completely dried before proceeding to the next step. This may take a week or two. You can always speed things up by using a dehydrator.
Fill a clean glass jar about halfway with dried calendula petals. Pour the carrier oil over the petals, ensuring that they are fully submerged. The oil should cover the petals by at least an inch to ensure proper extraction.
Next, seal the jar tightly and place in a warm and sunny spot, like a windowsill. Let the mixture infuse for about 4-6 weeks, gently shaking the jar every few days to aid in the extraction of the herb's beneficial compounds.
After the infusion period, strain the oil using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer to separate the infused oil from the petals. Press out as much oil as possible.
Transfer the calendula-infused oil to dark glass bottles such as amber or cobalt blue to help prevent oxidation. Label your bottles with the date and contents and store them in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight.
Your calendula-infused oil is now ready to be incorporated into salves, balms, lotions and creams, or you can simply use it as a standalone oil for topical applications. It is remarkably full of soothing and nourishing skin benefits.