What is Calendula Oil?
Calendula Oil is a simple combination of Calendula Flowers infused in Oil that sits in the sunlight or is heated using the double boiler method.
An infusion, defined by Wikipedia, "is the process of extracting chemical compounds or flavors from plant material in a solvent such as water, oil or alcohol, by allowing the material to remain suspended in the solvent over time (a process often called steeping)."
"An infusion is also the name for the resultant liquid. The process of infusion is distinct from decoction, which involves boiling the plant material, or percolation, in which the water passes through the material (as in a coffeemaker)."
How to Use Calendula Oil
The dry flowers are wonderful in sitz baths and vaginal steams for women, especially after child-birth. It's wonderful orange flower brings joy to the heart and heals the pelvic floor. It's gentle yet effective. I offer blends made just for women see Dried Flowers.
In fact it's so gentle, that it's the perfect first oil for infants. There are companies that make a baby Calendula Oil, but I don't prefer them because they still are blended with fragrances and other oils. Stick with your own straight up Calendula Oil with no additives.
How to Make Calendula Oil Video:
How to Make Herbal Infused Oils:
- Place dried flowers in a glass mason jar.
- Pour Oil over the flowers.
- Put a lid on it.
- Label it.
- Let it sit for 6 - 8 weeks.
- Strain the flowers from the oil.
- Store the Herbal Infused Oil in a clean, dry, glass Mason jar.
- Label the finished product.
- Store it in the refrigerator to prevent rancidity.
- Pour off a small amount to use alone or incorporate it into other recipes.
For a More Detailed Video on Straining Calendula Oil Watch This One, too:
The Oil for Infusion
It's a combination of mustard seed oil and rapeseed. Canola Oil has 30% linolenic acid, 7% of Omega 3 and only 7% of saturated sat. It's also rich in Omega 9 and Carbon 98. It glides on the skin and hair unlike other oils I have used that have a more tacky feel. I absolutely swear by it's ability to heal the skin especially when it's combined with medicinal herbs - baby's bottoms included.
Calendula infused in Organic Canola treats diaper rash better than any other fancy, natural cream out there.