During three weeks the little jar with marigold petals in sesame oil held its sunny space in my bookshelf. Then I carefully poured its contents through a small-meshed sieve to eliminate the petals. My calendula oil was ready!
This herbal oil has a wonderful, fresh and lemony scent and rich, warm yellow colour. I save most of it in a dark glass bottle for the winter to come. You can read about the qualities of calendula oil in my Golden Marigold I blog post.
Some of the oil, however, went into a calendula cream. I love using home made and local ingredients and the beeswax stems from my friend Sylviane’s beehive, beautifully placed above our village church.
Here’s the recipe for the calendula cream:
• 20 g beeswax
• 20 g shea butter
• 40 g calendula oil
• 5 drops of essential oil of your choice (I used rosemary, since it works as a natural preservative)
How to proceed:
• Melt the beeswax and shea butter in a water-bath.
• When they’ve melted, add the differenet oils and mix well
• Fill the liquid into in a small, well-cleaned glass jar, and let it cool off/harden.
Since there is no preserving agent in this cream, it should be kept in the refrigerator, and only handled with perfectly clean hands or a spatula.
The calendula cream has a rich and fatty texture and is very nourishing. Calendula is especially beneficial for dry or damaged skin and also promotes the fast healing and regeneration of the skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
I feel that this yellow goodness also holds a part of my summer and every time I use it I spread some sunshine on my skin!