Calendula, aka pot marigold, common marigold or Scotch marigold, is a plant in the genus Calendula of the family Asteraceae. It is most likely native to Europe, though it’s hard to say as it has a long history of cultivation in many warm temperate regions of the world.
About this Recipe
By: Jennifer Shelhart
Calendula contains phytochemicals that trap the free radicals. Lets stop there for a sec. What are free radicals?
Welp! Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA causing issues like cancer were the body attacks itself when it would otherwise be healthy.
So, it traps those free rads, then accelerates the process of healing. This makes it a great alternative for chemical based healing ointments and diaper creams.
All the while, the tannins, triterpenoids, and saponins in calendula exert a deep-cleansing effect on your skin. When applied topically, the flower extracts may even heal acne and atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Dried Calendula flowers
Plant based oil for infusing (olive, coconut, sweet almond, etc.)
Beeswax (one ounce per one cup of infused oil, more or less)
Were using the folk method of measuring here. You just need enough oil to cover the flowers and beeswax is to thicken the ointment so it’s not drippy. There is no wrong or right way to do this. It’s a matter of personal preference.
Step by Step Instructions
- I like to use my small 3 crock warmer to do this. It’s pretty simple just add the ingredients together into the crock pot and set to warm.
- Let the blend slow cook for 12 hours.
- Strain the infused oil using a cheesecloth and strainer, squeezing out as much of the oil as possible.
- Carefully pour the hot salve into tins or jars.
- Let cool completely before use.
You can use this ointment on wounds to promote faster healing.
Here’s a cool tip, refill an old balm tube with ointment for use on the go. I keep these all over the house, in the first aid cabinet, the RV and on my key chain. It will even make a great stand in for chap stick in a pinch!
Do you want to make your own? I sell dried dried flowers for just $6 per bag.
Don’t have time to make your own? That’s what I’m here for!
Buy Calendula on the go for just $4ea.
I’d love to hear how you use Calendula! Leave me a comment!