Homemade Calendula Oil Recipe
Making your own healing, nourishing, moisturizing calendula oil is easy to do! It is also a very affordable option compared to so many other natural skincare products available. Use calendula oil to soothe rashes, sunburn, swelling, eczema, acne, stings, wounds, burns, scrapes, chicken pox, cold sores, razor burn, cradle cap, diaper rash and even genital herpes sores. It can be used straight on its own as a face or body moisturizer, as an ingredient in other homemade skincare products like salves or creams, or even ingested as a salad dressing - as long as an edible carrier oil is used!
- Dried calendula flower or petals, homegrown or organic if possible
- Carrier oil of choice. Select a high-quality, unrefined, cold-pressed, and organic oils for the most healthy and healing calendula oil. Popular options for natural skincare include jojoba oil, olive oil, argan oil, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil, and more! **Choose an amount that matches your infusion container.
- 1 glass container for infusing, such as a half-pint or pint jar
Obtain dried calendula flowers. Either use your own homegrown flowers, or purchase some.
Fill a clean glass container at least ¾ full of dried calendula flower heads, or about half full of loose dry petals.
Pour your choice of oil over the dried calendula flowers, until the container is full and/or until the flowers are completely submerged.
Place a lid on the container, and store it in a sunny, warm location to enhance infusion. A bright windowsill is a popular choice! Allow the oil and flowers to infuse for at least three weeks, or up to a couple of months.
When the time is up, strain the flowers from the oil. I line a canning funnel with cheesecloth, place it over a clean similar-size glass jar, and then pour the oil and flowers in to drain. Squeeze the cheesecloth sack of flowers to extract every last bit of oil!
Store the finished calendula oil in a cool, dry location. It can also be stored in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life. Read the information on your carrier oil bottle to determine the recommended shelf life of your calendula oil.
Enjoy! Use your calendula oil as a daily facial moisturizer (only a few drops needed), as a massage or body oil, as part of your oil cleansing method, an ingredient in other homemade skincare recipes, to condition hair, as a makeup remover, as salad dressing or other finishing oil (if an edible oil was used), or give it as a gift!