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Calendula Flower Oil For Body Care Products by Joan Morais Copyright 2009 Joan Morais All rights reserved. This booklet is intended for the personal use of the reader. No part of this booklet may be reproduced or distributed in any printed or electronic format without written permission from the copyright holder.

Lua Publishing P.O Box 3250 Fairfield, CA 94533

Disclaimer: The information provided in this publication is the result of research and experience by Joan Morais. I have tried to be as precise as possible with the description of the ingredients and the recipes. I do not make any claims regarding any of the ingredients, recipes or medical claims. I suggest each individual to do their own additional research about the safety and storage of each ingredient.

copyright 2009 Joan Morais


Calendula Flower ~ One of the Best Skin Care Herbs

(photos from my garden)

Calendula Calendula officinalis When I talk about calendula (pronounced ka-len-jew- la) in my classes, several people say they havent heard of this herb. When they see the spelling of calendula they say, oh, I have heard of cal-en-doola. Calendula is also known as pot marigold as it was used in the olden days to add flavor to soups and stews and was added to the cooking pot. Calendula was used as a colorant for a cheap substitute in place of saffron to color butter, cheese, cakes, puddings, cosmetics and fabrics. The name is derived from the calendar since the flower blooms about once a month. Calendula is one of my favorite herbs and looks beautiful in the garden. It requires very low maintenance, is easy to dry and is an excellent ingredient for skin care products. Calendula petals are edible and I add them to green salads. For more information on calendulas history, descriptions from old famous herbalists: Fuller, Culpepper and Gerard, go to this website.

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Easy to Grow

(photos from my garden)

Calendula grows easily from seed or a small plant. In California, calendula gives flowers for most of the year and re-seeds itself sprouting up new plants. It is a sun loving plant; the flower opens with the morning sun and closes in the evening. Calendula flowers can be yellow or orange in color. If you want seeds, leave some of the flowers and let them go to seed. In the Fall the flower head will dry with the seeds contained in it. Pick the dried flower heads, sort the seeds out and store in a dry container. Plant the seeds in the springtime. The full moon is a great time to plant seeds as the moon pulls more moisture into the soil and the seed sprouts sooner. Plant your seeds a day before, during or after the full moon. Calendula Seeds are available at Mountain Rose Herbs ml Calendula Oil I pick the calendula flower head mid morning after the morning dew has evaporated and the flower is open. I place the flowers in a brown paper bag or onto a screen and dry them in a dry area. I make calendula oil with the dried flowers by infusing them into organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil or organic sunflower oil. This is one of the best oils for skin, even a babys skin. Calendula oil can be used in handmade soaps, lotions, body scrubs, serums, body oils, salves, balms, etc.

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Calendula Oil is Known for - promoting cell repair and regenerating skin tissue - healing wounds - soothing inflamed and irritated skin -as an antibacterial and antifungal Use Calendula Oil for - most skin types - softening skin - diaper rash - inflamed, irritated and chapped skin - eczema, psoriasis - rashes - burns - bruises Best Oils for Infusing Calendula Flowers Organic Jojoba Oil 3 year shelf life Jojoba oil softens and protects the skin. It helps make the skin supple and hold moisture. Jojoba is similar to the natural oil in human skin. It has a stable, long shelf life. Jojoba is easily absorbed by the skin and good for most skin types. Organic Olive Oil 2 year shelf life Olive oil is high in oleic acid and softens the skin. It nourishes the skin, strengthens the capillaries and helps to prevent water loss from the skin. Olive oil is heavier and is slowly absorbed by the skin. It is good for most skin types even sensitive. Organic Sunflower Oil 2 year shelf life Sunflower oil is high in oleic acid and Vitamins A, D, and E. It is deeply nourishing, conditioning and easily absorbed by the skin. Use for most skin types.

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Organic Dried Whole Calendula Flowers

Organic Dried Whole Calendula Flowers Available at rb/c.html Organic Calendula CO2 Calendula CO2 may be added to the oil instead of infusing the calendula flower. Calendula CO2 is almost identical to the plant. Use .50 to 1% in recipes. (up to 24 drops in 4 ounces of oil). Gently warm the oil and calendula CO2 and mix together. Available at &Product_Code=EOCal5 ag=1 2009 Joan Morais


HOW TO MAKE CALENDULA OIL Calendula oil can be made with the fresh flower heads or the dried flower heads. Dried calendula flowers are excellent to infuse into oil as they dont have the moisture like the fresh flowers. There are several methods to make calendula oil. CROCK POT METHOD This is the method I use. The crock pot must have a keep warm setting (low is too high). The crock pot I use is a small 1.5 quart, Proctor Silex, model # 33015 slow cooker with temperature setting of keep warm, low and high.

1. Cut up fresh or dried calendula flowers and place into a crock pot. 2. Cover the flowers with oil (organic jojoba, olive or sunflower). 3. Lightly warm oil on the lowest temperature (keep warm setting) for 10-12 hours. 4. Stir the oil a few times during the 10-12 hours. (I infuse positive intentions when I stir my oil. Example: Thank You for this beautiful calendula and jojoba oil. May this calendula oil bring healing and wellness to those that use it.)copyright 2009 Joan Morais


5. Strain the oil into a jar using a coffee filter or muslin cloth placed inside a funnelto remove the calendula flowers.

6. It helps to first use a spoon to remove as much oil as possible and then pour therest of the oil through the filter.

7. Put the remaining flowers drenched in oil into the filter and squeeze the oil out of the flowers.

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(oil looks green in the bottle because of the green glass)

8. If there is any sediment in the oil, filter the oil a second time. 9. Store the oil in a cool, dry place. This oil will last 1-3 years.4-6 Week Jar Method 1. Cut dried calendula flowers into small pieces into a glass jar. 2. Cover the flowers with jojoba, olive or sunflower oil. 3. Set away from heat for 4-6 weeks. 4. After 4-6 weeks, strain the oil into a jar using a coffee filter or muslin cloth inside a funnel to remove the calendula flowers.

copyright 2009 Joan Morais


Calendula Healing Salve Salve is an ointment used to speed up healing. Use this salve on bruises, cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes and chapped skin. Ingredients 4 fluid ounces (1/2 cup) of calendula oil 1/8 cup of grated beeswax optional: 24 drops of lavender essential oil How to make a Calendula Healing Salve 1. Place calendula oil in a double boiler (a smaller pot inside a larger pot, the larger pot contains a small amount of water). 2. Warm oil slightly, do not overheat oil as it will ruin the oil. 3. Add beeswax to the oil and gently melt. 4. If adding lavender essential oil, add to warm oil and mix well. 4. Pour immediately into jars and let set. Salves can last anywhere from one year to three years depending on how they are stored and the oil used in them. Store salves in a cool and dry place. Dark glass containers are best.

copyright 2009 Joan Morais


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