Calendula (or pot marigold) has many healing qualities and can easily be grown in your garden. When infused in oil, it has the power to soothe and heal skin with it's anti-inflammatory properties. I use it on dry skin, boo-boos, and eczema. Making calendula oil at home is super easy and you don't need anything fancy.
In a double boiler or crock pot combine:
1-2 cups dried calendula
Enough of a carrier oil* to cover completely
1. Simmer on the lowest heat setting for 30-60 minutes.
2. Pour the infused oil through a strainer and into a bowl or container. The strainer will catch the calendula flowers and separate them from the oil.
3. Strain the calendula flowers again through cheesecloth and squeeze as much of the oil out as you can, catching it in the bowl.
4. Store your calendula oil in a bottle or container with a tight lid. Use as often as you like.
*OIls I like to use are coconut, sweet almond, or grapeseed. Coconut oil has many of it's own healing properties but tends to be a bit heavy. Grapeseed and almond oils are much lighter and absorbs into the skin nicely. All of these, as well as dried calendula, are available at your local health food store. If you don't have one nearby, I recommend www.mountainroseherbs.com for excellent quality herbs and oils.