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Friday, July 15, 2016

How to Make Calendula Flower Infused Oil

DIY Calendula Flower Infused Oil - Young Living

Calendula flowers contain many beneficial healing properties used for centuries for wounds and skin irritations. Some of those properties include promoting the regeneration of new tissues and providing soothing relief for damaged or injured skin. It is also used for reducing inflammation and to control bleeding. Making an infused oil with calendula flowers is great for utilizing these properties. You can then use your calendula infused oil straight, or use it to make your lotions, balms, creams, salves, etc.

You will need:


There are two methods of infusing the oil. The sun method (think sun brewed tea) or the heat method if you need your infused oil right away.

Sun method: Fill your jar of choice with calendula flowers. I like to make very small batches of infused oil at a time. Add in carrier oil of choice until it covers the flowers. Place the jar on a warm, sunny windowsill and shake once per day. Let it steep for 4-6 weeks for the oil to infuse with the calendula flowers.

Heat method: Fill a larger jar than what you will need half full with calendula flowers. Then fill the jar with carrier oil of choice until the flowers are covered. Place the jar in a saucepan of water on the stove. Turn on the stove to a low to med-low. Leave for 3-8 hours to infuse. Make sure the water does not evaporate. Refill the water as needed. You can also use a slow cooker instead of a saucepan.

Once you have your calendula infused oil ready, you will need to strain it. Using a cheesecloth, strain the calendula infused oil into a clean jar. Store for up to one year in a cool dark place. I like to use 5oz woozy bottles {Amazon link} or reuse empty 6oz wine bottles to store my infused oil. Add a cute label and give as a gift to a friend. Make sure you include the type of carrier oil used and date of infusion.

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Bridget Davet

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