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How To Make Calendula Oil

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Calendula is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent and beneficial for sensitive and irritated skin. Marigolds (calendula officinalis) are fairly easy to grow in pots or in the garden and the blooms can be dried and saved for later use.

 

I have suggested soothing apricot kernel oil in this recipe, however you can substitute an oil of your choice such as sweet almond, sunflower or jojoba.

 

 

You will need:

 

120ml dried calendula petals

500ml apricot kernel oil

10ml vitamin E oil*

 

 

Method:

 

Place the dried calendula petals in the crock of a slow cooker and pour the apricot kernel oil over. Replace the lid and heat gently on the low setting for several hours. Remove the crock from the heat and strain the calendula oil through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth or muslin. Stir in the vitamin E oil and allow to cool. Bottle and store in the refrigerator.

 

*Vitamin E is added as a preservative in this recipe and will extend the shelf life of the oil.

 

 

 

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