Calendula is an amazing flower with many benefits.
Use #1: use fresh calendula petals on your summer salad! Make sure you know the source of the flowers.
Use #2: infuse dried calendula flowers in oil
- Add dried flowers to olive, jojoba, almond, or fractionated coconut oil on a low heat for 2-3 hours.
- After infusing, strain out the flowers, store in an airtight jar, and add to any natural beauty recipe that calls for oil.
Use #3: Summer Lotion Bars:
Great to use on the hands and feet. Infuse with calendula, for its anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, lymphatic, antimicrobial, and antispasmodic benefits. Calendula-infused oil is soothing and healing.
Here's a list of tips for making summer lotion bars... some are my own tips and some come from Stacy Karen of No Fuss Natural:
- start with a base of lotion: equal amounts of shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax (Stacy discusses other ingredients in her tutorial.)
- lotion bars can be poured into soap, candy or chocolate molds (or ice cube trays), or dropped into "sticks" (like our Beesilk stick).
- 👉 some good herbs for infusing into your lotion mixture: dandelion flowers, plantain, calendula, rose petals, lavender, sunflower petals, or chamomile Make sure the herbs are dried herbs, not fresh!
- kokum butter can be used as your butter ingredient (this would replace cocoa butter or shea butter)
- put all the ingredients (including herbs, if using) except beeswax and any essential oil you might use, in a double boiler. See photo below.
- an alternative to using a double boiler or oven is to melt the ingredients in a very low-temperature crockpot (if you're using herbs). You want the temperature to be warm, not extremely hot.
- strain the herbs using a fine mesh cheesecloth. Squeeze as much liquid out as you can. Discard the herbs.
- melt in the beeswax using a double boiler
- stir in essential oils, if using
- pour into molds
- if pouring into a stick/tube, use a medicine dropper for less mess
- allow to cool completely. For easy pop out, freeze for 30 minutes first
Check out my Instagram video to see what fresh Calendula, and Calendula seeds, look like. https://www.instagram.com/tv/ByGywt5BBHU/
Summer Lotion Bars with Calendula: