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.