I have been enjoying making various creams and oils, ever since I started the livinglifeknowledge.com endeavor. Some of the oils are made from common, native, or easy to grow plants. And… since I lOVE LOVE LOVE to make my own (just about everything)… I decided to make calendula oil. So that I would have a ready supply to make soothing cream. After considering the total expense I have put into buying oils, I’m pretty sure this should help cut costs.
I wanted some natural herbs/flowers that are soothing and nutricius for skin. I selected yarrow, for it’s healing qualities. The calendula also has skin benefits, especially as an anti-inflammatory and assists in healing wounds. I have been seeing all over the social media how popular it is as a staple for making essential oil and coconut oil base creams.
I used a regular-sized jam or jelly jar and lightly crushed a big handful of dried herbs.
Then I merely covered it all in Apricot Kernel Oil, put the lid on it, and left in a semi-dark warm place. (Which in my house was on a wooden stool in a corner by the heater vent.)
After waiting another couple of weeks, it was time to make the final oil. I used cheese cloth this time so all oil from the saturated herbs could get squeezed out. (I like to use every drop.) I noticed that the scent was pretty neutral, so I added a couple drops of benzoin, but I won’t hesitate to add some happy scents whenever I mix a batch of creams. These will be perfect for summer, and if I mix them with Shea butter, I will have a soothing, natural sunscreen!