I’ve been growing Calendula for a while now and I love this plant. Oil infused with Calendula is so soothing for many skin ailments. I find myself using it for most any skin problem with great success. Here’s how to make it:

Harvest your flowers, preferrably on a sunny day, when they are just about to open. I always set them aside to dry before using.

To make your oil:

Fill a jar 3/4 full with the Calendula buds. Pour over olive oil (for medicinal use) or grapeseed, apricot or almond oil (for cosmetic use). Place your jar in a warm sunny spot for 3 – 4 weeks. Strain and rebottle. For double-strength oil, add a second batch of fresh flowers to this oil and let sit for another 3 – 4 weeks.

Oil will keep in a bottle at cooler temperatures for up to a year. Enjoy!

Cassandra Orjala of Radiant Health has been practicing natural medicine, herbal remedies, and colon hydrotherapy for over 30 years. She currently works and resides in Post Falls, Idaho.