DIY Calendula Cream

calendulaIn the summer the garden at Äppelgården is overflowing with Calendula flowers (Marigold).
This orange flower is well known for it’s healing benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory, an antitumor agent, and a powerful wound healer. It is a potent medicinal particularly for skin ailments and rashes, including eczema, acne, ulcers, varicose veins, diaper rash and itchy inflamed skin. You can buy Calendula cream in any drugstore, but it’s so much fun to make your own. And the benefit of that is that you don’t use any hazardous ingredients, it’s all natural.
The first step in making this Calendula cream is to make an infused oil. Use a ratio of 3 parts olive oil to 1 part coconut oil. If you are making the cream for your personal use, then 1 cup of oil in total should be enough. Add tons of dried flowers to the oil (as many as you have) in a crock pot or slow cooker and warm it on low heat for 24 hours. Then strain out the flowers. The oil will be a nice golden yellow colour.

To proceed you need

– 1 Cup f your Calendula infused oil
– 4 Tablespoons of beeswax
– Essential oil of your choice, whatever smell makes you happy!
– 1 Cup tepid water
– Glass jars or tins to hold 2 cups of cream

 

Bring water to a boil and take 2 cups of that and put it in a blender to prepare the glass from getting less sticky. Leave the rest of your boiling water in the pan and place a heatproof bowl on top. Melt the beeswax au-bain-marie in the infused oil. Stir well. Add 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Throw out the water from your blender and put in the oil mix. While spinning you add the cup of tepid water slowly. And voilà, you have got cream! Pour into your containers and let it set for a few hours. Store in the fridge between uses, as there are no preservatives in your cream it will last for about a month.

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