Saturday, June 28, 2008

Calendula Infused Oil

Oil that has been infused with calendula (Calendula officinalis or pot marigold) is great for treating burns, scrapes, and itchy rashes. The flowers typically are harvested just before they burst into bloom. The infusion is easy to make.


  • 1-1/2 cups (355 ml) dried calendula flowers
  • 2 cups (474 ml) oil (e.g., olive oil, sunflower oil)


  • Process the flowers and oil in a blender until the mixture is smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into a jar, cover the container, and store it in a warm location, out of direct sunlight.
  • Shake the jar once a day for 2-3 weeks. The herbs must be submerged, so add more oil if necessary.
  • Filter the oil using a strainer or cloth. Press the oil from the flowers. Discard the flowers.
  • Store the oil in the refrigerator in a sealed jar.
  • Apply the infused oil as needed to minor skin injuries (not deep lacerations).

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