Calendula cream is easy to make and it can make your skin soft and tender! People use Calendula, also knows as pot marigold, for centuries, as healing oil, tonic and much more.
You’re growing calendula in your backyard, but don’t know how much power it actually has? Why don’t you make nourishing calendula cream? This miracle salve beat aches, eczema, and dry skin and even heals tiny or minor wounds.
Homemade Calendula Cream
Making this natural cream is a two-step process. You will get rich, smooth lotion that’s ideal for dry skin, bruises, cuts and more.
- 1 cup of a high quality carrier oil like olive oil, jojoba oil or grape seed oil
- A bunch of dried calendula flowers
- 1 ounce of beeswax
- 1 cup of room temperature water
- 10 to 20 drops of essential oils of your choice
- A clean blender
- Clean mason jars or tins
- The first step in making nourishing calendula cream is to make infused calendula oil. You can do this by allowing dried flowers steep for several weeks in a cup of carrier oil, like olive oil, in sealed jar. Another alternative is that you can heat the oil and dried flowers in a slow cooker for about 12 hours before allowing cooling. Then continue to infuse, overnight.
- Strain the flowers out of the oil and transfer to a clean jar to store. You should be left with one cup of rich yellow calendula oil.
- Once your oil is ready for use, put several cups of water in a pot and bring to the boil. Swirl 2 cups of the warmed water around the blender. Leave to heat the glass in order to prevent the cream from sticking to the sides.
- Place a heat proof bowl on top of the pot to make a double boiler and turn the remaining water in the pot to a simmer.
- Pour one cup of the infused oil into the heat proof bowl, along with the beeswax. Stir gently until the beeswax has melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the essential oils.
- Discard the warm water from the blender, and pour in the melted oil and wax blend. Place the lid on the blender, leaving the filler cap off. Blend on a low speed while slowly pouring in one cup of room temperature water. Combine until the cream is opaque or emulsifies.
- Put the cream into clean jars and allow setting before using. You can keep this all-natural, preservative free cream for approximately one month when stored in the refrigerator.
Why Use Calendula Cream?
Dry Skin – Calendula has fantastic moisturizing properties and is a must for those with dry, flaky or cracked skin. Apply it once or twice a day as a body and face cream and you’ll soon notice a dramatic difference in the look and feel of your skin.
Acne – Calendula helps to reduce the bacteria level in the skin pores while also acting as a cleanser and a toner. It has an astringent action that pulls in the skin pores, reducing chances of dust and dirt entering them.
Premature Aging – Calendula cream has natural restorative properties that can fight premature aging and thinning of the skin. You can use this natural formulation daily on the face, and is even gentle enough to apply around the eyes to prevent wrinkles and under-eye sagging.
Minor Wounds – Calendula’s mild antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts. It’s also great topical treatment for use on rashes, insect bites, sunburn, varicose veins, spider veins, leg ulcers and chilblains.
Muscle Pain – Massage sore muscles and aching joints with some calendula cream for pain relief and reduced swelling, thanks to its anti-inflammatory action.
Dermatitis and Eczema – Evidence suggests that calendula may help prevent skin inflammation and dermatitis. Maybe because of its ability to moisturize, rejuvenate and fight swelling and microbes.
It’s also frequently used in homeopathy to treat the inflammation caused by eczema.
Diaper Rash – This soothing water-based cream is ideal for treating diaper rash, particularly as it is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Calendula’s antifungal action is also effective at treating jock itch and ringworm.
Essential Oils for:
- Dry skin: Lavender, Rosemary, Neroli, Rose or Carrot Seed
- Anti-aging: Frankincense, Geranium, Sandalwood, Lavender or Myrrh
- Healing: Lavender, Clove, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Peppermint
Precautions: Calendula is generally considered safe to use on the skin, although it’s best not to apply it to an open wound. People allergic to plants in the aster or daisy family may experience an allergic reaction to calendula. Usually it is a skin rash. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using calendula.