Ingredients for basic lotion:
1 cup calendula infused oil (see the recipe in the previous blog post)
¾ ounce of beeswax
2/3- to 1 cup of distilled water
1. Combine distilled water, essential oil and vitamins in a glass measuring cup. (you can use tap water, but it might introduce bacteria and encourage mold growth). Here we are just using distilled water so we will just measure it out in the measuring cup.
2. In a double boiler over low heat, combine the oil and beeswax (here we are using calendula infused almond oil). I didn’t have a double boiler so I created one by using a glass measuring cup in a pot of water. I read online to use a piece of fabric in the bottom pot. I tried this and it made the glass measuring cup much quieter rather then rattling around in the pot. Only, I used a dish towel and dyes from it came out in the double boiler, so don’t use a towel with dyes that could come out.
3. Pour oils into a blender and let cool to room temperature. The mixture should become thick, creamy, semisolid and cream colored. This cooling process can be hastened in the refrigerator, but keep an eye on it so it doesn't get too hard.
4. When cooled, turn blender on the highest speed. In a slow, thin drizzle pour the water mixture into the center vortex; note: make sure the water mixture is room temperature before blending with the oils.
5. When most of the water mixture has been added to the oils, listen to the blender and watch the cream. When the blender coughs and chokes, and the cream looks thick and white like butter cream frosting, turn off the blender. You can slowly add more water, beating it in by hand with a fork, but don't over beat! The cream will thicken as it sets.
6. Pour into cream or lotion jars. Store in the refrigerator (it will be thicker when you first pull it out of the frig, it will thin out as it warms to room temperature) or any dark, cool place.
Notes: Here are the basic ingredients for lotion making you could also add. I just simplified my recipe to make it accessible.
A water (i.e. pure distilled water, floral hydrosols, tincture or herbal infusions)
An oil (i.e. olive, sweet almond, apricot, grapeseed, jojoba, coconut)
An emulsifier (I’ve always used beeswax)
Natural preservatives (i.e. , vitamin E oil or grapefruit seed), optional
Natural additives (essential oils), optional
Calendula Infused Oil
Calendula flowers (preferably fresh)
Olive, sweet almond, or apricot oil
There are two ways to make infused oil. I prefer the solar hot infusion method. My teacher in the Wise Woman Tradition taught me that heating compromises the integrity of the oil and with dried plant material certain aspects of the plant are lost in the drying process.
If using the solar infusion (also called cold-infusion or folk) method, wilt the calendula flowers first. The flowers need to be wilted because they have so much water that they could cause mold to grow in the oil. Then add them to a clean, dry jar. Pour olive oil 1” over the top of the flowers measuring ¼ from the top of the jar so that they have room to expand. Make sure all the plant material is submerged. If there is plant material sticking out it may mold. Place a lid on the jar, label and let sit in a sunny place for 4-6 weeks; as I make the medicine I try to see the plant and hold gratitude in my heart for its’ healing.
Another method is to cover the jar of infused oil with cheesecloth rather then a lid to let the water evaporate freely. I also have heard of an herbalist wiping the moisture on the jar lid everyday that had accumulated there. The main intention is to prevent your oil from molding.
My Calendula greeting card also has this recipe on the back of it. All of my greeting cards have recipes and information on the edible and medicinal properties of plants.