Calendula: Calendula officinalis (L.)
Why calendula? Also known as marigolds, calendula flowers are often used in topical preparations for soft and radiant skin. From lotions, to bath bombs, to restorative balms, calendula is a friend to the skin.
Quality Assured: Our organic calendula flowers are responsibly sourced from Egypt. This herb is Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and grown without the use of genetic engineering, artificial fertilizers, or pesticides. Our experts here at the Apothecary Shoppe personally evaluate every herb through taste, touch, and smell to assure that you are receiving the best botanicals suitable for use.
Benefits: Calendula flower petals and leaves are rejuvenating and can support healthy, revitalized skin. Pour a bit of calendula tea into your next bath and soak up its soothing, skin supporting properties.
Calendula flower petals and leaves can be made prepared as tinctures and infusions and incorporated into creams, lotions, and balms, and the infusion makes a pleasant tea. Calendula flower petals can be eaten fresh or dried and make a colorful addition to a meal sprinkled on soups and salads.
Fresh calendula Calendula officinalis flowers and leaves: 2 pounds
Calendula Calendula officinalis infused oil (optional): 4 ½ teaspoons
Calendula Calendula officinalis tincture (optional): 1 ½ teaspoon
Anhydrous lanolin: 1 ½ pounds
Beeswax: 1-2 ounces
Melt the lanolin in a double boiler or over a saucepan of boiling water. Add the calendula flowers and leaves, and then simmer gently for an hour or until you see the color extracted into the lanolin. Strain the hot lanolin herb through muslin, squeezing the herb to extract all the lanolin. Add the beeswax, tincture, and oil. Stir well and pour into sterile jars. Leave to settle then top up jars again. Cool before putting on the lid.
Watch expert herbalists Susan Belsinger and Tina Marie Wilcox discuss calendula and bay at a workshop at the ACHS Campus in Portland, OR: