Learn how you can make this simple DIY calendula oil for healing all sorts of skin issues. You only need two ingredients and a bit of patience.
I always love when things are simple yet so effective. This is how we roll here at Our Gabled Home. This DIY calendula oil checks all those boxes. Therefore, I am so excited to share this with you.
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What is Calendula?
Calendula is a beautiful flower that can range anywhere from pale yellow to deep orange or red. Also called pot marigold, it not only looks beautiful but also attracts pollinators. With its many health benefits, this is something that’s definitely worth growing in the garden. At least I will!
Health Benefits of Calendula
While calendula can also be taken internally, such as in tea, today I will focus on how to use it externally.
Calendula is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. On top of that, this mighty flower speeds up the skin healing process.
I have been using it any time I have a cut, scrape, insect bite, burn, or any other skin issue, including minor fungal infections. And let me tell you: it works!
Ingredients for Calendula Oil
You only need two ingredients for this skin healing oil.
The first is the oil. I am using sunflower oil. I find it very moisturizing while not clogging the skin pores. At one of my favorite grocery stores, I can buy it from the bulk food section at a very reasonable price. So I just go there with my mason jar and fill it up. You can get quality sunflower oil online here.
Another good option here would be jojoba oil. It is a bit pricier than sunflower oil but also very good for your skin. I find it a bit lighter than sunflower oil. Anyway, you can’t go wrong with either one! If you don’t mind the dark color and would like to splurge a bit you could even use pumpkin seed oil.
Of course, you could also use olive oil but I find the scent a bit strong – and don’t want my calendula oil to smell like salad dressing …
The other ingredient obviously is calendula. Again, I found it in the bulk section and loved that it is mostly petals. If you can’t find it locally, you can find it here online. However, I think that the cheapest and most fun source would be your own garden. I will definitely grow some in ours. If you get fresh calendula, you need to thoroughly dry the flowers before you use them in this recipe.
How to make it
It is important that your jar or container is very clean. You can either fill a good handful of dried calendula flowers or petals in the jar and add enough oil to cover them. Or the other way around: I had my oil in a mason jar and added the calendula petals.
In both cases, you need to make sure that the calendula flowers are completely submerged. Additionally, I pressed them down.
Now comes the hard part: waiting.
Place your calendula oil in a warm spot but not in direct sunlight. During this time, you can shake your jar a bit and/or occasionally press the petals down to let trapped air escape.
After 3 weeks your oil is ready. Simply strain the petals and keep the calendula oil for up to a year (pssst … I have had mine longer than that but it is not recommended).
I hope that you will enjoy your skin healing oil. It can be part of a very simple skincare routine. Have you checked out how to make your own 2 ingredient body wash? Or how to use healing clays for skin issues?
Stay tuned for another blog post and Youtube video on how to make a salve with this calendula oil!