Healing with Calendula

Healing Calendula

Calendula’s cheerful blossoms repel garden pests and have incredible healing properties.

Calendula is one of my very favorite herbs. The cheerful orange and yellow blossoms look gorgeous in the garden and have incredible healing properties.   My first experience with Calendula was during college when a friend developed an uncomfortable and embarrassing rash on her face. She diligently applied a cream prescribed by her doctor, but after several frustrating and miserable weeks, the rash had only become worse and was spreading. Wanting to help somehow, I consulted my herbal books and prepared a bottle of Calendula infused Olive oil for her. Neither of us had much faith in it, but she was willing to try anything. I was beyond awestruck when she excitedly called a few days later to let me know that the rash had not only improved, but was almost completely gone!  This was the first, but certainly not the last, time that I have witnessed the awesome curative properties of Calendula.

Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold or garden marigold, has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations. Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed  skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks. This versatile botanical can be incorporated into baths, creams, compresses, washes, salves, ointments, massage oils, baths, facial steams, tinctures, and teas. It is also gentle enough to use for babies, children, or animals. Internally, gargling with Calendula infused water may ease a sore throat, sores in the mouth, and inflammations in the mouth and throat.

Not only is Calendula a wonderful healing and medicinal herb, but it is also a lovely and useful plant in the garden!  Calendula repels many common garden pests including aphids, eelworms, asparagus beetles, and tomato hornworms, and is a companion plant for potatoes, beans, and lettuce. Plus, it grows quickly and is easy to cultivate from seed.  The fresh vibrant petals can be used to color butter, cheese, custards, sauces, or sprinkled atop salads, cakes, and sandwiches.

Calendula Herbal Oil

Calendula infused oil is simple to prepare and has many medicinal and cosmetic uses.

Calendula Herbal Oil

This medicinal oil is simple to prepare and has so many uses. The gentle, soothing, and healing oil is perfect for cradle cap, diaper rash, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, and sore or inflamed muscles. The oil can be used alone, or incorporated into salves, massage oils, lip balms, ointments, creams, and lotions.

Organic Olive oil
Organic Calendula flowers

1. Place Calendula flowers in a clean, dry glass jar. If using fresh Calendula, wilt for 12 hours to remove most of the moisture (too much moisture will cause the oil to go rancid) before adding to the jar. Pour olive oil into the jar, making sure to cover the flowers by at least 1” of oil so they will have space to expand. Stir well and cap the jar tightly.
2. Place the jar in a warm, sunny windowsill and shake once or more per day.
3. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth. Pour the infused oil into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place.

Heat Method: I prefer to infuse oils utilizing the solar or folk method described above, but heat can be applied if you need the oil quickly. To prepare, follow step 1 from above, but place the Olive oil and Calendula flowers in an uncovered container. Warm over low heat at approximately 100 degrees F for at least 3-5 hours, the longer the better. A yogurt maker, double boiler, or inside the oven with a pilot light on are all effective ways to heat the oil, just make sure to check the temperature occasionally to ensure that the oil isn’t getting too warm. Once the oil has infused, strain out the herbs using cheesecloth and package the infused oil into glass bottles.

Calendula Salve

A soothing and healing salve. Rub into sore or inflamed muscles, apply to minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, diaper rashes, stretch marks, chapped lips, chafed skin, bruises, and other skin irritations.

4 oz Calendula flower infused herbal oil (from above recipe)
½ oz Beeswax
20 drops organic Lavender essential oil (optional)

Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Melt beeswax and Calendula oil over a double boiler.  Once melted, remove from burner and stir in the Lavender essential oil. Pour into tins or glass jars. Allow to cool thoroughly before using or placing caps on the jars.

Calendula & Shea Butter Lip Balm

This nourishing lip balm is made from healing ingredients which soothe dry and chapped lips.

1 Tablespoon Shea Butter
3 Tablespoons Calendula Herbal Oil (from above recipe)
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
10-15 drops essential oil of choice
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil

Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oil in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and stir in the essential oil and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or small containers. This recipe will make approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm, enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes, 6 of your 1/4 oz plastic jars, or 3 1/2 oz tins or plastic jars.

Calendula officinalis has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations.

Healing Calendula Spray

A healing spray that can be misted on burns, insect bites, rashes, minor cuts and scrapes, bee stings, inflammations, bug bites, or used as a medicinal and soothing facial toner for acne or other skin irritations.

4 oz organic Calendula Flower Water (Hydrosol)
15 drops organic Lavender essential oil
10 drops Calendula Herbal Extract/Tincture (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a 4 oz bottle with a mister top. Use as often as desired!

Calendula Compress

A soothing and medicinal treatment that’s effective and simple to prepare. Calendula compresses can be applied to burns, cuts and scrapes, bee stings, bug bites, inflammations, and other skin irritations. They can even be used on animals with minor skin conditions or injured paws.

Pour 1 cup boiling water over fresh or dried Calendula flowers, cover, and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, strain out flowers and reserve the remaining liquid.  Create a compress by soaking a clean cloth in the herbal infusion and placing it on the skin.  This process is gentle and may be repeated several times a day.

Healing Calendula

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  3. avatar Yolanda says:

    I make a lip balm with infused calendula from my garden and it is wonderful. I have to try making a salve. Did not know it was good for stretch marks too!!!

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  5. avatar Newz-Muz says:

    I have to say, I cannot wait to try to grow calendula this year! And it’s all thanks to this post! I’m obsessed with the beautiful flower now.

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi Newz-Muz,
      Thank you for your comment! I’m so glad that we were able to introduce you to this lovely medicinal flower. I’m a little obsessed with Calendula too. :-)
      ~ irene

  6. [...] I haven’t worked much with my own batch yet as far as actual products go, here is a good link on how to get started with salves, creams, sprays and [...]

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  12. avatar earthsmate says:

    awesome. thanks for the idea. i am recently jumping on the sustainability bandwagon and been trying to be self sufficient in one way or another. i have been buying heirloom seeds, but not sure if they are truly or only marketing. but anyway, i find your idea of immersing the flowers without heating is the best, as i like natural things. if you like sustainable stuff, check my post on sustainable fashion as well :D
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    Can anyone help with a calendula based cream to apply on acne and how to make this?

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  16. […] calendula flowers are a wonderful addition for your skin (see this blog for a list of those benefits) I bought mine at Mountain Rose Herbs, although I may grow the flowers […]

  17. Keep all the articles coming. I really like reading your posts.
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  18. […] healing especially wounds and in some cases eczema here is some more info on calendula from Mountain Rose Herbs Blog “Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and […]

  19. […] from your back yard include: lovely lavender; mouthwatering mint; nifty nasturtium and cool calendula, also known for its medicinal […]

  20. […] 1/4 cup dried calendula (a herb for healing woulds & skin irritations – read more here) […]

  21. […] really a salve. But no one seems to say “cuticle salve,” so whatever. I substituted my homemade Calendula Oil for the Apricot Kernal Oil and melted everything over a double boiler. I’m not sure if the […]

  22. avatar Diane Winn says:

    can I use apricot kernal oil for infusing calendula instead of the olive oil?

    • avatar Alieta says:

      Hi there Diane, That is a great idea! You absolutely could use Apricot Kernal Oil, or any preferred oil for that matter, in place of the olive oil when infusing Calendula! Thanks so much for reading! ~ Alieta

  23. […] (also known as pot marigold or garden marigold) is so nourishing for the skin. According to Mountain Rose Herb “Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and […]

  24. avatar Winona says:

    Hi! I am planning on making calendula oil or salve for a friend of mine who has venous ulcers on his feet that are very painful. Some of them are open wounds, and they have gotten so bad that it is often hard for him to walk!

    Would you advise making the salve or the oil for him, and could he put either one directly on his ulcers?

    Thanks!
    Winona

  25. […] weeks shaking daily. Strain, bottle, label and store in a cool place or make lotion or other fun healing recipes. I store my infused oils in the refrigerator for longer shelf […]

  26. avatar The Soapbox says:

    […] Here are some great recipes from Mountain Rose Herbs: […]

  27. […] Here are some great recipes from Mountain Rose Herbs: […]

  28. […] So, if you follow us on social media (on instagram here, or on facebook here) you might notice that we post photos of calendula more often than we do any of the other flowers and plants that grow in our Vermont gardens. There’s a lot of reasons for this, just as there are a lot of reasons that this is an amazing plant. It’s high-summer in our gardens now, and our calendula plants are booming. We thought we’d give this plant the homage it deserves in a blog post, because it’s just full of fun facts – and then, we figure we’ll do the same for some of the other fantastic botanicals that we get to know each summer. Calendula is known as a healing plant, and has been used for centuries to soothe skin irritations, inflammations or even full-on wounds like cuts or scrapes. Creams, salves and oils containing calendula are popular for reducing redness, rashes, rosacea or other forms of distress or visible inflammation on the skin, but its uses don’t end there: it’s great in teas (for soothing stomach issues), bath soaks, facial steams or tinctures, and has invariably healing, rejuvenating and calming. For our skincare formulas, we hand-pick our calendula throughout the summer (the plants grow through the season and continue to produce flowers even after they’ve been picked once – we love how productive they are!) and dry the flowers in our greenhouse. Then, we take the dried flowers and soak them in organic olive oil in a process of heating and cooling that pulls the benefits from the flowers and infuses the oil. It’s that calendula oil that we incorporate into our skincare, full of the fresh flowers’ healing properties. Did you Know? – Calendula makes a fabulous friend in the garden, as it repels pests like aphids or tomato hornworms, and is often used as a companion plant for growing veggies like lettuce, tomatoes or potatoes. – The petals are edible! Sprinkle some on a salad for a fun pop of color. They don’t really have much of a taste, so it’s more of a decoration. – The rich yellow color of the flowers has been used throughout history as a dye for fabric. – Calendulas are holy flowers in India, and necklaces made of them are often seen draped around the necks of statues of Hindu gods and goddesses. – During the American Civil War, calendula flowers were used in rudimentary first aid systems on the battlefields as antiseptics, as their cleansing elements help to purify the area to prevent infection. (Who knew!) Calendula is a great DIY beauty ingredient… you can make your own version of our Calendula oil above! Here is a wonderful recipe from Mountain Rose Blog: […]

  29. avatar Mary Hnatko says:

    Can I substitute shea butter for bees wax in calendula cream?

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Mary~Thanks so much for your question. I’m going to assume that by “cream” you mean the salve recipe? You can surely add shea butter to this recipe for extra skin-healing goodenss, but it doesn’t really work as a substitute for beeswax. The beeswax is what makes the salve harden to a salve-like consistency. You can try other waxes like Carnauba, if you would rather not use beeswax: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/ingredients/waxes I do hope this answers your question and good luck! ~Kori

  30. […] flowers, also known as marigold or garden marigold, are especially good for inflammation, are antimicrobial, an astringent, antifungal and […]

  31. avatar Aubrey says:

    Can I use any type of marigold for this? I have a few different kinds in my gardens.

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Aubrey~ While there are many flowers known commonly as marigolds, Calendula officianalis is also known as “pot marigold” and is the one that is edible and has the herbal healing properties. The “French marigolds” that are generally found in gardens does not have the same herbal properties. They are great for companion planting and helping to dissuade some garden pests, however. This is one of those instances where you really do need the Calendula officianalis. Thank you so much for checking in with us! ~Kori

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