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26Sep
2013

DIY Calendula Infused Olive Oil

Making Calendula infused olive oil is easier than going through the Wendy’s drive thru for a junior bacon cheeseburger. The Wendy’s Eating Husband always asks for no cheese but he gets it anyway, time and time again. This calendula oil is easier than that. You can’t mess it up. The ingredients are simple: dried calendula flowers, olive oil, and vitamin E.

First things first, you need a crock-pot. I used the little one Mama Crow gave me in college when I got Interstitial Cystitis (IC). It was to help me make special IC friendly food. Oh, I forgot to tell you about Mama Crow. That’s my mom. That’ll be her name around here, just like all the other special names we have for people (WEH, WEBIL, CLD).

I make calendula infused olive oil via the digestion method. Dried calendula flowers fill a half pint canning jar. The dried flowers are fully covered in cold pressed, organic extra virgin olive oil. The jar is sealed with a toxic, BPA containing lid, and placed in a crock-pot water bath for two days (yes, those metal canning lids are not so healthy-hippie after all). Some people say that 10 days is the ideal time to make medicated oil in a water bath. I do a shortened version for 2 days, and the medicated oil always works wonderfully for me regardless. Let’s let go of perfection and call it good.

When the time is up, the calendula is strained out of the oil, and vitamin E is added to preserve it. The oil should be stored in the fridge to prevent it from going rancid. Now that you have calendula infused olive oil, you can do a million things with it!

Calendula infused olive oil can be used as:

  • a skin moisturizer for anybody but especially for babies
  • a topical agent for eczema
  • a topical agent for burns
  • a topical agent for diaper rash
  • a topical agent for healing scars
  • a topical anti-inflammatory agent
  • a substitute for olive oil in homemade salad dressings for an extra gut healing boost
  • a base for homemade herbal salve (ointment)
  • a base for homemade herbal chapstick
  • a base for homemade herbal face cream or herbal body lotion
  • a base for homemade herbal conditioner
  • a base for a facial cleanser via the oil cleansing method
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6 Responses

  1. Sam

    Love the WEH references!

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  2. Rose Rothermel

    Grew some calendulas this year ! It was great to see you recipe and uses for the petals! Would love to learn more!

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    Dr. Archer

    Thanks, Rose! I love showing you how to make herbal products!

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  3. Sara

    Hi I made the infused oil but forgot to add the vitamin E! I made it 6 months or so ago is it bad now or can I still add the oil?
    Thanks

    Sara

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    Dr. Archer Atkins

    Hi Sara,
    It depends on how you stored the infused oil. If you stored it in the refrigerator or it was kept in a cold, dry spot, it most likely is still good. It’s not too late to add the vitamin E. You can add the vitamin E and then store the oil in the refrigerator to prolong it’s life. Most homemade herbal products last about a year.

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