Have you tried Homemade Calendula Ointment?
Calendula, also known as “pot marigolds” are annual flowers that bloom constantly throughout the growing season. Calendula ointment has become popular for its medicinal properties. They are easy to grow and preserve the seeds for the next year.
Top uses for Calendula:
1. Health and wellness — It has tonic and antispasmodic properties, but it is mainly used for skin care.
It is anti-inflammatory making it helpful with stubborn wounds, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, eczema and related conditions. It helps soothe sore, inflamed and itchy skin conditions. This ointment makes a great carrier oil blend.
2.Cooking — Since the Middle Ages, the petals of marigold have been used as “the poor man’s saffron” for coloring cheeses, butters and side dishes.
3.Practical uses — Marigold has been used as a dye. Dried petals can also be added in potpourris.
There are two methods to make calendula ointment:
•Cold infusion method — This is the usually preferred technique because it protects the delicate calendula from heat damage.
1.Put your desired amount of dried calendula petals in a clean, dry glass jar. I like to crush the petals first to release the oil.
2.Fill the jar with your carrier oil of choice to cover the petals by a few inches.
3.Put in a sunny place to infuse for four weeks.
4.Drain the petals from the oil and store the oil in a container with a lid for up to one year.
Hot infusion method — This method is much quicker than the cold infusion method but won’t have the same strength because of the presence of heat.
Direction: Place the beeswax and oil in a double boiler. Add the petals (either fresh or dry). Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the petals. Pour into a glass jar. Just before it hardens, add your choice essential oils.
You can use the homemade calendula ointment as a body oil, lotion, salve, dry skin, inflamed areas or rashes.