Calendula infusion

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Calendula infusion

Post: # 175167Post Jessiebean
Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:28 am

I have been attempting to make a calendula infusion by popping some fresh petals in a bottle with some olive oil and leaving in the sun for some weeks, shaking occasionally.
I have read this is the way to go but also that the petals must be dried or the infusionis useless (which sounds like it may be true...)
Does anyone know the truth of the matter?
I just want to make some salve for bumped knees etc and my plan was to mix the oil with melted beeswax...
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Re: Calendula infusion

Post: # 175219Post Ron and Jean
Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:01 pm

The petals do not need to be dried, but you need to be sure that they are all covered otherwise the oil can go off. This is especially true with comfrey which tends to go mouldy. I make my marigold infused oil by picking the flower heads (not just the petals), covering them with oil and heating in a water bath for 2 hours, strain and use same oil and fresh flowers for another 2 hours. Strain and let the oil settle overnight and pour off the oil leaving any water at the bottom behind. If there is water from the flowers in the oil it goes off much quicker.

To turn this into an ointment again heat in jug in a pan of boiling water and melt through 10 to 20% beeswax. usually about 15% but each lot of beeswax is slightly different. I test it by dipping a cold spoon into the mix and seeing what it is like when it sets. This makes fab lib balm or healing salve.

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Re: Calendula infusion

Post: # 175277Post Jessiebean
Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:27 pm

Thankyou so much that is such an informative reply! Do you think my attempt at infusion (as above) would be any good for anything or should I just cut to the chase, throw it away and follow your method?
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Re: Calendula infusion

Post: # 175283Post Rosendula
Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:27 pm

Calendula salve may well have been the very first Ish-thing I did, about 10 years ago. My daughter suffered horrible eczema. We tried all sorts of things on prescription and over the counter. Every thing we put on had her screaming in agony and running to the bathroom to try to wash it off - impossible when it's already soaked into the skin, poor lass. Anyway, I was at Uni and had to write an essay about witchcraft (for an Anthropology module), and I came across a book which listed lots of different plants and conditions they were good for treating. It said calendula is good for eczema. So first I tried making a tea with it, I scratched off a little scab from a cut on my ankle and poured some on. It didn't hurt, so then I offered it to my daughter to try. It didn't hurt her either :cheers: So I tried it a bit stronger, and then tried making a salve with it. Although she now prefers to put nothing at all on, when she has wanted something for it in the past, calendula is the only thing she trusted.

And they're such happy flowers :flower:

To answer your last question though, Jessiebean, try it however you will, but R&J's method is a good one that I have also used, and it does make a lovely salve. Just make sure you don't start it too late, because it takes many hours, and do it on a rainy day when you want to stay in anyway.
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Post: # 175410Post Ron and Jean
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:44 pm

Use the one you have started :icon_smile: Is the oil packed with petals? If not then you could use the same oil with fresh petals to make it stronger. It is fine to do it in the sun but takes longer..... (how I would love to be in tasmania not scotland right now. It has been raining here for weeks and I have forgotten what the sun looks like!)

Marigold is great for all sorts of skin problems. It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, healing to cuts and grazes, good for dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis (although some may argue it isn't). The only thing I wouldn't do is use it on a deep wound as it can cause the skin to heal trapping an infection below. In my house I use it for babies bottoms(separate tub!), lib balm, gardeners hands and kids grazes. I am sure if you google uses for marigold (calendula officinalis) you would find lots more. Internally it cleanses the body from a cellular level up and makes great tea, stock and the petals add colour to a salad. I also used marigold tea to sort out a friend dog who had dermatitis that had been stumping vets for months.

Good luck. Just be careful your water bath doesn't boil dry!

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Re: Calendula infusion

Post: # 175582Post Jessiebean
Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:25 am

Thanks for all your help everyone! I have made the salve now and in little (recycled) containers.
I made it with the oil as above, a bit of beeswax and a bit of coconut oil for a softer texture...
I also cleared out my old lip balm containers and made some nice stuff with just beeswax and coconut oil, a bit of salve and a touch of cointreau!
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Post: # 175788Post Rosendula
Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:17 am

Well done. Let us know if you're knobbly knees improve :wink:
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Re: Calendula infusion

Post: # 176045Post Jessiebean
Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:09 am

he he I don't think the cointreau flavoured it much, but it is delicious with the coconut and honey smelling beeswax!
My bigger little man Master almost Three requests the calendula salve specifically for scrapes to his little kneesies so it definitely has good placebo effect if nothing else!
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Post: # 176067Post Green Aura
Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:37 am

No placebo effect Jessie. Calendula has the most amazing soothing and healing properties.
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Post: # 176078Post Ron and Jean
Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:11 pm

I have used marigold for lots of wounds and it speeds healing by 25%. What would normally take 8 days heals in 6. The same is true for comfrey and wounds/broken bones etc.

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Re: Calendula infusion

Post: # 176128Post Jessiebean
Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:29 pm

Ah yes, the only reason I would mention placebo effect is I am not sure of how well I made the ointment and the efficacy of it- but Master Almost threes knees are scab free at present!
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