The Wonders of Calendula Officinalis
I'm not sure if you are aware, but Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a not only a beautiful flowering herb that adorns many gardens but is also loaded with healing support. Safe enough to eat as a topping for a salad, Calendula is often the herb of choice for support of skin and cell repair. Antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory in nature, it is used externally in the form of oils, creams, ointments and salves in support of skin ailments, injuries, burns and bruises.
Taken internally as a tea or tincture, Calendula is a wonderful natural aid for gastrointestinal inflammation as well as a lymphatic system stimulant.
Calendula Oil Instructions:
- Fill a sterilized jar 3/4 full with Calendula flowers.
- Add Olive Oil to cover the Calendula flowers by 1 inch.
- Mix to ensure that all the petals are coated and no air bubbles are present with a clean dry spoon.
- Tightly seal the jar and place in a warm, dark area such as a countertop without full sun exposure for 4-6 weeks. Dark colored glass jars are best for very lit areas. A brown paper bag may be used as well.
- Gently agitate the jar every 1-3 days to ensure proper mixing of the ingredients.
- After the 4-6 weeks, strain the Calendula from the oil using cheesecloth draped over a large bowl. With clean hands, gather up the cheesecloth by the 4 corners and squeeze every drop of oil from the cheesecloth.
- Oil is to be stored in a sterilized jar with a tight sealing lid.
- Label the jar and store in a cool dark place.
Because of the tremendous benefit to the skin, many herbalists turn their Calendula oil into a skin salve.
Calendula Salve Instructions:
- Place Calendula infused oil into a saucepan over low heat.
- Add 1-2 ounces of bees wax slowly to the heating oil.
- Continue to heat the mixture until the wax is melted to the desired consistency, stirring with a sterilized spoon.
- Dip a different sterilized spoon into the wax mixture and then place in the fridge to gauge the desired consistency. If the wax is too soft, add a bit more wax to the mixture. If the wax is too hard, add more oil.
- As the material cools slightly, you may choose to add a few drops of vitamin E oil or your favorite essential oil for added skin protection as well as a lovely scent.
- Pour the salve material into your container of choice to cool at room temperature.
- Once cool, place lids on the top with a label and enjoy.
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