1. Fill a pint jar half full of dried flowers.
2. Pour your choice of oil over dried flowers, I use hemp oil, but olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil work great too. Make sure there is an inch of oil covering the top of flowers.
3. Gently stir to remove bubbles.
4. Once a day shake the flowers up, keep in a dark cupboard.
5. I strain with a wire mesh, but cloth can be used as well.
I keep my jar full of flowers in the Fridge for the two weeks, strain and put the oil back in the fridge. That’s my preference and my oils seem to work just as well as those kept in a cupboard. I also eat the fresh petals in summer salads and use dried petals in my rice dishes. Be sure and do a skin check before using this type of infusion. Just rub in a little bit, what 24 hours and see if the skin is irritated. Don’t use this oil topically or internally if that happens, some people have an allergic reaction to pot marigolds.
The flower petals of the calendula plant (Calendula officinalis), or pot marigold, have been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century. Calendula is native to Mediterranean countries but is now grown as an ornamental plant throughout the world. It is not the same as the annual marigold plant that’s often grown in gardens, however.
Calendula has high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals. Calendula appears to fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.
Traditionally, calendula has been used to treat stomach upset and ulcers, as well as relieve menstrual cramps, but there is no scientific evidence that calendula works for these problems. Today, calendula is often used topically, meaning it’s applied to the skin.
Calendula has been shown to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue. It is also used to improve skin hydration and firmness. The dried petals of the calendula plant are used in tinctures, ointments, and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as the minor infections they cause. Calendula also has been shown to help prevent dermatitis or skin inflammation in breast cancer patients during radiation therapy.
University of Maryland Medical Center