It has tremendous healing properties, yet is gentle enough for babies or animals. In fact, is was the carrier oil used in my son’s first massage an hour after his birth!
What is an Infusion?
An infusion is a product that’s made by soaking organic plant material in oil or water to extract it’s soluble constituents. After several weeks, you remove the plant material, and what you have left is the infused product.
Benefits of Calendula Infused Oil
When you infuse Calendula in oil, you have a product that is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant. It can be used to disinfect and treat minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, bruises and burns, athlete’s foot, diaper rashes, and other skin irritations. It stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites which helps to minimize scarring.
Suggestions for Use
This gentle, soothing, medicinal oil is perfect for any application that requires oil. It can be used alone or incorporated into massage blends, face serums, wound healing formulas, lip balms, healing salves and everyday body butters. It can be rubbed into an infant’s scalp to help reduce cradle cap and used on the other end for diaper rash. It would be a wonderful addition in blends designed to heal bruises or sore, inflamed muscles.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Calendula Infused Oil
This product will take about 30 minutes to prepare and 4-6 weeks to just sit and infuse.
1. Place Calendula flowers in a clean, dry glass jar. If you are using fresh flowers, let them wilt for about 12 hours to remove the moisture. You definitely want them dry as moisture can make the oil become rancid.
(Note: if you’re making this oil for commercial purposes, please wear gloves.)
4. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs. Some people, prefer to leave the botanical material in and add new oil, but I prefer to start over. Many people use cheesecloth for straining, but we had great success using a 1 gallon mesh paint strainer which you can find at any hardware store.
In this picture, Stephanie is straining the oil into a pourable container. Really squeeze to get it all out.