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Make your own calendula or comfrey oil/cream June 19, 2011


Calendula (Pot Marigold) is well known for it’s healing properties. It has anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties, and is used to treat nappy rash, skin irritations, acne, bites and rashes.  You can buy calendula cream from a health food store, or you can make it, pure and for much cheaper.

What you need:

  • Pot Marigold flowers (easy to grow in pots or your garden)
  • A few used but clean jars
  • Almond oil – you can get food grade almond oil from Indian supermarkets, or buy online (if nut allergy you can use olive oil)
  • Beeswax (optional)

Directions:

  • Dry the marigolds completely, out of the sun  (We tie ours up above our woodburner for a few weeks)
  • Pull the petals off and stuff  as many of as you can into a clean, dry jar
  •  Cover with the oil and tighten lid
  • Keep in a cool dark place, give it a shake or turn it over onto it’s lid every couple of days
  • When oil has gone a brilliant orange, it is ready to use.  No need to take petals out if you don’t want to.
  • Label and enjoy!!!
If you want to make a wonderful cream, melt a little beeswax, and add oil. It should be just soft enough to get your finger into when it cools. If it’s solid, you need more marigold oil.  Works better than any calendula cream I’ve ever bought.
You can do exactly the same with comfrey leaves, making sure they are properly dry.  Comfrey is a perennial herb with loads of amazing properties. It used to be known as ‘Knitbone’, as it was used traditionally to heal fractures.  It helps to repair broken tissue and is also commonly used on acne, eczema, skin ulcers, wounds, hemarroids, bunions, sprains, nappy rash, burns, etc. The list goes on.
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2 Responses to “Make your own calendula or comfrey oil/cream”

  1. I have a bunch of dried Calendula that I was mixing for my teas, but this sounds lovely!! Thanks for the recipe!


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