Infusing herbs in carrier oils is the best way to get out all the healing properties benefits a particular herb provides. You can infuse a herb or a mixture of herbs for weeks to months depending on how strong you want it.
There’s a few different methods to infusing herbs, you can try the cold infusion which is the method I chose.
There’s also the solar method, by placing your jar in direct sunlight for days to weeks. I would of loved to try it this way, but there’s barely any sun where I live, this time of year.
Lastly, there’s the stove infusion, either stove top for a quicker result or oven for a bit of a longer infusion.
Any of these ways are beneficial, it just depends on what you prefer and how patient you are. If you choose the cold or solar infusion, make sure to give your herbs a shake at least once a day to release some of the properties and label the date you started.
After all the reading I’ve done about Calendula, I’m pretty excited to make this balm and try it myself. I’ll be making it vegan friendly, by using a vegetable wax called candelilla and will also make it baby friendly as well. Calendula offers powerful medicinal properties including antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory benefits to heal and prevent a variety of skin ailments, such as minor burns, rashes, dry skin, scrapes, sores, blisters, insect bites and bruises.
There is a variety of different types of Marigold that you don’t want to mistake for Calendula. The different variety of French marigolds do not carry the herbal medicinal properties that the pot marigold (Calendula) does. These flowers look quite similar.
If you’d like to grow your own Calendula, look for seeds that have it’s botanical name Calendula Officinalis. If it doesn’t say edible, it’s not Calendula.
I buy my dried Calendula flower from a reputable and local all natural and organic DIY beauty supply store. I trust their herbs are fresh and natural.
If you make your own herbal medicinal botanical ointments, salves, balms etc.. I think the best way is to start cold infusing a variety of different herbs so they’ll be readily available for when you’re ready to make something, so that your recipe will have that extra powerful medicinal punch.
Also, you can use almost any kind of carrier oil you wish to infuse the herbs in, olive oil seems to be the most popular one, probably because it’s one of the cheaper oils and provides a crazy amount of skin loving properties as well.
After you’re done infusing, just drain the oil through a fine sifter and/or cheesecloth into a canning jar. Make sure to squeeze out the extra oil from the herbs. Depending on the shelf life of the oil you used, your herbal infusion should keep anywhere from 8 months to a year. If you use fractionated coconut oil, you’re looking at a much longer shelf life.
Although Calendula is deemed safe for babies, it’s not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding moms. And of course if you have allergies or are on medication it’s always wiser to check with your doctor before using any herb.
Calendula ointment for all sorts of skin ailments including mature, dry skin, baby rashes, minor burns, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scrapes and more.. will be stocking this in My Etsy Shop very soon!
The ingredients include Calendula Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, Rosehip Oil, an option of either beeswax or vegan candelilla wax, cocoa butter and essential oil blend of Tea Tree, Chamomile and Lavender