Calendula is one of my many favorite flowers. As much as I love blossoms of interesting shapes - lady slippers, foxgloves, and lupins for example, I love the familiar daisy shape of sunflowers, calendula and rudbeckia.
These calendulas came from the farmers market. Mom's flower beds are still in their infancy here on the new property and there aren't enough blossoms to cut bouquets.
Calendula is such a pretty blossom and a very useful herb. An excellent combination for the gardener who values both form and function (kind of like me).
I took great pains (lots of packaging and securing upright) to move a jar of calendula infused oil from Maine to Nova Scotia. It sits on the laundry room window sill patiently waiting for me to make soap, lotion or maybe both.
I need to get making some body care products soon. I'm tired of buying soap (a moving compromise) and my soap is just so delicious on my skin compared to the regular "natural" soap bars I've been buying at the grocery store.
Calendula is one my favorite skin care herbs and I always have some on hand for making oils.
This is a great tutorial at Simple Organic if you want to make an Herbal Infused Oil this summer. Shoshanna, from the Bulk Herb Store, has a video tutorial with an easy and quick method for making a calendula infused oil that can be used as a base for lotion.
Here's a few calendula related posts I've written over the years:
- Easy Recommendations for the Home Herbalist
- Basic Moisturizing Skin Cream
- Calendula, Salves and an Easy Soap Recipe
Calendula is one of those things I savor during the summer and year round even when I can use the skin products I make from summer's healing bounty.
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