Studies have shown calendula to be effective in helping with various skin conditions, like wounds, dry skin, and itching. Below is a simple calendula skin serum recipe. Research is listed below.
Gently rinse blossoms, shake off as much water as possible, and air dry for a day. Once dry, place in a glass jar and pour sweet almond oil on top. Then, seal with a lid. Shake once a day for four weeks. After four weeks, strain out blossoms using cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Lastly, add vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil to the strained oil. Store in a sealed amber glass container for up to one year.
Apply to wounds, dry or itchy skin, and to reduce scaring. Another idea is to pour a half cupful in a bath along with a half cupful of bath salts.
Always skin patch test a small area before use with sensitive skin. Discontinue use if any irritation occurs.
MARIGOLD INFUSED OIL
This is one of my favorite recipes!
Easy and effective / Great for soothing the skin.
– About 1 cup of fresh but dry organic marigold blossoms
– About 3 cups of sunflower oil
– 30 drops of floral essential oil
I chose helichrysum as my floral essential oil when making the batch pictured below. Lavender or chamomile would also work nicely.
INSTRUCTIONS: First, make sure your blossoms are gently rinsed and dry. Combine all three ingredients in a sealed glass jar and soak 2-4 weeks. Shake about once a day. Then strain. Add essential oil to the strained oil and enjoy. To use: Apply to the skin as needed. Skin patch test with sensitive skin and discontinue use if irritation occurs.
WHAT IS A RE-INFUSSION?
In about two weeks, when I strain the marigolds out of the oil, I will have more fresh marigold blossoms. I can put these into the strained oil, and re-infuse for two more weeks to make a stronger marigold infusion.
By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist (ARC), LMT, Professional AIA and NAHA Member