Four days of ingredients blog series is inspired by my four favorite herbal ingredients. Each day I will breakdown the selected ingredient with a formal introduction, why it is good for our skin, which Good JuJu Herbal products utilize the ingredient and lastly two ways you can start using it in your everyday routine.
Calendula officinalis, is a bright little flower that is radiant with golden blooms and sticky petals. Calendula is extremely hardy (meaning it can survive freezing temperatures) and is also known as pot marigold or garden marigold. Calendula can be used both internally, on food or in teas as well as externally in salves, creams, soaps etc.
Calendula has been used for centuries to treat minor cuts, burns and rashes. The Calendula petals help sooth wounds by promoting cell repair and growth. Calendula is noted for being safe for babies and helping treat conditions such as eczema, diaper rash and skin ulcers.
Good JuJu Herbal products that mindfully harness the properties of calendula are the Calming Calendula bar soap and the Calendula and Rose face scrub.
How to use Calendula at home
Calendula can be used in multiple ways in your home. If you'd like to take calendula usage a step further than just using it in soap or face scrubs you can incorporate it into salads or on top of your morning yogurt or smoothie. The calendula flower has a tangy sharp taste to it.
Calendula can also be used to make an easy oil infusion. This oil infusion can be used for a multitude of things ranging from using it to cook with all the way to putting some of the infusion on a cotton ball and rubbing it into a rough spot, rash or bug bite.
Easy Calendula Oil Infusion:
- One Large Mason Jar,
- Organic Olive Oil,
- Organic Calendula Petals (I suggest buying all bulk herbs through your local co-op or online at www.mountainroseherbs.com !)
- In a clean jar place 2-3 tablespoons dried calendula flowers.
- Next pour oil over top of the flowers until they are cover by at least 1" of oil, giving the flowers have room to expand.
- Next place the jar in a sunny spot for 4-6 weeks. Shake often (2 or 3 times a week).
- At the end of the 4-6 weeks use a cheese cloth to strain flowers out.
- Store calendula oil in a cool dry place.
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Love & Gratitude,