Making a soothing essential oil

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.

dried yarrow and calendula

dried yarrow and calendula

purchased items are pure organic, yarrow is local grown

purchased items are pure organic, yarrow is local grown

 

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.)

wait oil                So after a couple weeks, (don’t worry about counting days exactly).. I strained                                   the oils, then added some more to go another couple of weeks.

Straining the first part of process

Straining the first part of process

adding oil the second time to process

adding oil the second time to process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

final step in the process

final step in the process

Fresh batch of Yarrow/Calendula alongside a recent batch of pepperming

Fresh batch of Yarrow/Calendula alongside a recent batch of peppermint