Calendula, the magic ingredient
One of our most treasured herbs that we use in our Healing Fern products is Calendula, Calendula officinalis. Calendula is a beautiful golden orange and yellow flower that has been used for centuries in skin care products due to its healing properties.
When integrated into our routine self-care products, these little beauties have the potential to speed up our innate skin renewal process which makes them a wonderful anti-aging medium. Calendula can be used as a skin brightener and assists in giving a more youthful appearance. We like to use our Calendula infused oil as a gentle makeup remover, too!
Make sure to keep it handy in your first aid kits. This healing flower packs incredible anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Calendula gently helps heal infections, soothe burns, and reduce the redness of rashes and other skin irritations.
The flower petals can be dried for teas and used in tinctures for extra medicinal benefits. This helps ward off infections, soothe swollen glands or gastrointestinal issues and can assist in cleaning the body's lymphatic system. The fresh and dried leaves can be added to culinary oils, used as edible decorations for salads and/or any dips and dishes you'd like. **Fun fact** Calendula flowers are Meghan's favorite! She cultivated them for three years when she lived in Oregon and is planning on growing them again soon on Amelia Island, FL.
Invite this ornamental herb into your cupboards at home - explore the many ways it can support immunity and healthy skin! We use our solar infused Calendula oil in "Sol Spray" and in a variety of our Healing Body Oils.
Want to learn how to make your own Calendula oil? Give this recipe a try… here’s what you’ll need!
High quality dried Calendula flowers from your own garden or from a reputable source.
An organic, high grade carrier oil, such as extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil or grape seed oil.
A quart or pint sized mason jar.
A sunny window
Fill the jar 1/4 to 1/2 full of Calendula flowers (depending on how strong you need it to be) and then fill the rest with your carrier oil of choice.
Keep the sealed jar in a warm, sunny place for 4 to 6 weeks. Once every week or two, give your jar a little shake and make sure there isn’t any condensation forming. You’ll know when the oil is ready, it will have a nice golden yellow color and smell nutty.
Strain the flower petals out of the oil and then it is ready to use for cooking, massage oils, healing salves, or natural skin care products. Natural sediment may settle at the bottom of your jar after straining, this is totally normal.
Comment below and let us know how yours turns out or if you have any questions! We LOVE hearing from you and sparking new conversations within our wellness community.
Meghan and Brandi.