Years ago when I was just getting into more natural products for our family a friend gave me some Calendula oil. We had been talking about how my toddler still had quite a bit of cradle cap. I had been just using coconut oil; rubbing it all into his scalp then washing his hair and scratching it out.
So of course I read up on why my friend was recommending Calendula oil.
Calendula oil is traditionally used for abdominal cramps and constipation. It’s your skin that will receive a good bulk of the benefits, thanks to the oil’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and related properties. Here are some of the promoted benefits of this oil:
Skin dryness or chapping – Calendula oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin and for severely chapped or split skin. It helps soothe the area and reduce the pain.
Inflammation – It works well on sprained muscles or bruises; its anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling from injury. Calendula oil also helps treat spider veins, varicose veins, leg ulcers, and chilblains.
Baby care – The oil helps relief diaper rashes, which can extremely irritate an infant.
Minor cuts and wounds – The antiseptic and antimicrobial action of the oil help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts, and also benefit insect bites, acne, and bed sores.
Skin issues – Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin problems can be soothed using calendula oil, applied topically. Calendula oil’s antifungal action is also great for helping treat athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch. – From Mercola
Well that looks like a wealth of benefits! Not just for baby, but also for mama as well. Once I made my own infused oil, I have been able to use it in the soap, hard lotion, face serum and cleansing oil I make for myself and our family. This adds just a bit more benefit then the oils alone.
Usually it is easiest to infused in an oil that is liquid at room temperature – such as olive oil, which also has many benefit for your skin. Most prefer to infuse over time instead of using heat, such as on a stove top. But, during the warm summer months I have also used virgin coconut oil, which is liquid just above 70 degrees.
What you will need:
- Dried Calendula leaves/flowers – Bulk Herb Store or Amazon
- Olive, Sweet Almond, Virgin Coconut or other skin beneficial Oil
- Sterilized Jar
What to do:
I like to do a quart or more at once. This takes a few months and if you are using it for soap making you will usually need quite a bit.
- Fill jar 3/4s full with dried herbs
- Top the rest off with oil
- Place in warm forgotten space in your home
- Write finish date (2-3 months out) on it