I love the sunny orange flowers of calendula; they brighten my day. A good way to preserve their orange glow is to make infused oil. It is very easy to make. Once you have made this vibrant infused oil you can use it to soothe and heal minor wounds, itchy, inflamed skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and nappy rash. It is also useful for stings, burns, bruises and cradle cap.
Watch the video here, or check out the full recipe below.
Calendula Infused Oil
Calendula Flowers (Fresh or Dried)
Dehydrator, Towel and Fan (if using Fresh flowers)
800mL Organic Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil
1L Sterilised Glass Jar with tight-fitting lid
Paper Bag / Cloth
Strainer & Cheese Cloth
Sterilised Amber bottles (2-3)
If you are using fresh flowers, Dehydrate your flowers for 14 hours at 38*c in a dehydrator.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, spread the fresh flowers over a sheet or towel and turn them daily until they are dry. A fan can speed up this process.
Fill a 1 litre jar loosely with dried calendula flowers.
Pour the sunflower oil over the calendula - make sure the oil covers all of the flowers.
Seal the jar with a well-fitting lid and shake well.
Place the jar in a paper bag and put it in a warm position for around 8 weeks. Give the jar a shake each day.
After 8 weeks, strain through a cheesecloth squeezing as much oil as possible out of the herb.
Pour into dry, sterilised amber bottles. I prefer to use a few smaller amber jars, rather than one large one. This reduces exposure to air and light each time it is opened to be used.
Label your jar with the name of the herb, type of oil used and date.
There are also alternative methods to speed up the infusion process if you prefer.
- The first option is to use a Slow cooker - place a cloth in the bottom of your slow cooker bowl. Place your jar or jars of herb and oil into the bowl and fill with water to below the lid of the jar. Set the temperature to just below 40℃ and leave for at least 6 hours. I like to leave it in the slow cooker for around 3 days.
- The second option is to use a Dehydrator - if you have a dehydrator that fits your jars in it, you can use it to keep the jars of herb oil warm for a few days. Set the temp at approx 38°C. This is the method I prefer and I sometimes leave the jars of herb oil in the dehydrator for a couple of weeks before straining, resulting in a well infused effective herbal oil.