Marigold or Calendula flowers are beautiful, easy to grow, and have medicinal properties. Oil, soap, and salves made with calendula can be used for many purposes due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Some of its uses include: help stubborn wounds heal, reduce acne and varicose veins, as well as decrease rashes/eczema/etc. More on Calendula’s healing properties to come next week!
The base of any good calendula product is a calendula infused oil. Now you could buy calendula oil at any health store, but why buy it when you can make it yourself!
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (bonus if it is organic)
- Mason jar or other glass container
- Calendula flowers (fresh or dried – the more you use the stronger the oil)
- Optional: other herbs like rosemary or mint
- Pick flowers and other herbs or purchase in bulk from health food store
- Dry them by leaving them out on a paper towel/plate for 24-48 hours
- Add oil to mason jar
- Add flowers/herbs to mason jar
- Label jar w/date of creation
- Wait 2-6 weeks (inverting the oil every 1-2 days)
- Strain the oil from the dried flowers and herbs
- Start using! (stay tuned for a D.I.Y. of the month in October for your newly made Calendula oil)
DO NOT USE IF…
Calendula oil is generally safe, but caution should be taken if you are pregnant/nursing or planning on getting pregnant soon. Stop using Calendula oil at least 2 weeks prior to surgery as it can cause excessive drowsiness. Also, make sure you do not have any allergies to: ragweed related plants (Marigold, Chrysanthemums, or Daisies). Do not take by mouth.
My name is Emma Petshow and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. For more about myself, check out my bio. This blog is intended for information about preventive health and lifestyle improvement. The information contained on this blog is not to be used as medical advice. For specific medical advice you should consult your physician.