Calendula Infused Oil - Want to make some? Here's how...

Calendula at WIN Mini Farm self-seeded from last year’s planting.

What’s so good about calendula? Read about it here:

You can make your own calendula infused oil – it’s easy!

  1. Snip the flower heads from the calendula plants. The flower petals are pretty, but that's not the best part of the plant. Be sure to keep the calyx attached to the flower head. The resin of the calendula flower mainly resides on the underside of the calyx. It’s these resins that hold the potent medicinal constituents.
  2. Dry the flower heads. Spread them in a single layer on a screen or paper towel. Place in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight. Allow them air dry for a week or two, turning every couple of days. You could use fresh flowers to make the infused oil, but the higher water content will increase the possibility of spoilage.
  3. Immerse the dried flowers in oil. Fill a jar half-full with the dried calendula flowers. Then fill the remainder of the jar with a light oil such as sunflower oil or almond oil.
  4. Cap and store the jar in a cool, dark place for four to six weeks - shake periodically.
  5.  Strain and use.

Have fun!

Be sure to let us know how you plan to use your infused calendula oil.

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