Today we will show you how we make a soothing skin cream from the calendula flowers that we grow in the garden.
Calendula is a very easy to grow annual flower. We have had a few frosts in the garden and the plants are still blooming and will continue to do so until the really cold weather sets in.
They grow in shades of bright yellow or orange and the flowers can be single or double.
And they reseed, so once you have them in your garden, they will come back every year with no effort on your part.
The petals contain a substance that helps promote healing of cuts, scrapes, chafing, minor burns and sunburn. Calendula creams have long been used to disinfect minor wounds and to treat infections of the skin.
First the flowers are cut and dried in the dehydrator until all moisture is removed.
Then the petals are pulled off.
After the coconut oil is heated the petals are added and allowed to steep gently in the oil for a few hours. Then the oil is strained and put into small jars. Some essential oil can then be added for fragrance if desired.