Calendula is one of the most popular healing herbs as it can be used to alleviate various ailments like bug bites, cuts, sunburns, rashes, and sore throats. Plus it’s so gentle it’s safe for babies too. You can find many ready-made products containing calendula in both health and grocery stores, but it is definitely worth to make calendula oil at home.
Of course, there are many ways to extract an herb’s valuable compounds but for external use calendula oil not only works wonders but it’s also super easy to make. I must admit, I absolutely love this stuff and along with these must-have essential oils, I always keep a small ready-made bottle of calendula oil in my medicine cabinet.
How to use calendula oil?
I already mentioned this herb has healing properties so you can use it for:
- Soothing irritated skin – you can apply it on your face, body and even to soothe diaper rashes.
- Speed up healing or minor skin injuries – it works on scrapes, cuts, bug bites, burns, sunburns and if you have kids I’m sure it will be easy to find more similar uses for it.
- Dry skin – regardless if you’re suffering from dry skin throughout the entire year or just during the cold season, calendula oil can help your skin retain moisture and soothe any irritations that might have appeared from being too dry.
- Chapped lips – if it works on your skin, then it works on your lips right? Well, of course it does. Don’t be afraid to use calendula oil as a lip balm, even if you don’t have chapped lips, it will at least prevent them.
Make calendula oil at home
I’ve made a lot of herbal remedies and cosmetic care products at home, so I am happy to tell you calendula oil is something anyone can make with ease, no special equipment required.
What you’ll need:
- Organic dried calendula flower petals – I recommend this brand as they provide great quality products and if you are just starting out your DIY journey and want to whip up a smaller batch than you can get this smaller, 4-ounce pack.
- Carrier oil – What you use largely depends on your preferences. You can go with the classic virgin olive oil if you already have it on hand, or opt for other popular carrier oils like almond or avocado oil. All of these are great choices, but if you want an oil for generic use that is tolerated well by all skin types and absorbs quickly into the skin, I absolutely recommend jojoba oil. It has a light consistency and has a remarkable resemblance to the human skin sebum that makes it a wonderful moisturizer.
- Clean glass jar – The size is completely your choice, depending on how much calendula oil you want to make
A herb infused oil prepared the traditional way is ready in about 4-6 weeks. However, if you’re impatient like me, you’ll probably have a hard time waiting so long to get your first batch. I’ll detail the classic method and a fast one below so you can get your first jar (or bottle) of calendula oil in no time.
The slow method is the gentlest of the two and preserves calendula’s beneficial compounds. Here’s what you need to do:
- Fill a clean, dry glass jar with dried calendula petals. Pour the carrier oil so that the petals are completely covered (better to add a bit more, than too little).
- Cover the jar with a tight lid and shake it for a few seconds.
- Wrap it in a kitchen towel and store it in one of the sunniest places in your house.
- Once in a few days shake the jar briefly and then place it back in the sunny spot.
After 4-6 weeks your calendula infused oil should be ready, so you can strain out the petals and pour the oil in a glass bottle or jar (however you prefer it). Store in a cool, dark place.
To make calendula oil using the fast method, you can follow the first two steps mentioned above, but instead of leaving the oil to infuse for a month or so, you’re going to draw out the beneficial constituents of calendula flowers using your crock pot.
Place a kitchen towel at the bottom of your crock pot and the jar on top of it. Add water until it reaches about half the jar. Set the crock pot to the lowest setting for at least 2 hours (I usually leave it for about 5, but 2 also works if you’re in a rush).
Then you can remove the jar from the crockpot, strain out the herb and pour the oil into a clean glass bottle or jar.