Calendula and Shea Butter Cream

One of my favourite flowers is calendula officinalis. Bursts of yellow and orange bring light to my day. Each morning during the growing season I walk through my garden and pick the most mature flowers.

Note: Calendula is always producing new shoots; picking encourages more growth.DSCN3074Find an area to dry the flowers. As they dry move them into a glass jar for storage.

DSCN3079Fill a container with approx. 2 cups of dried flowers and coat/cover in an oil of your choice (i.e. virgin olive oil). The oil will extract the healing properties of the flower which are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, astringent and anti-inflammatory in nature. Traditionally it has been used as a remedy to accelerate wound healing and assist with skin irritations.

Let it infuse for a minimum of 4 weeks. Keep it away from direct heat and do not expose to light for extended periods of time. Strain and discard the plant matter and keep the infused calendula oil. Keep and use as is or proceed to the following steps.

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DSCN3070Whisk 1 C shea butter and 1/4 C calendula oil with a hand blender until soft and creamy.

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1 Response

  1. Mitra says:

    This is all labour of love and hard work. The website is very informative.
    great info on oral care.
    Best wishes.

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