Compound Calendula Lotion
Lotion Recipe (via Rosemary Gladstar)
3/4 cup olive oil, apricot or almond oil (infused with medicinal plants)
1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter
1 tsp lanolin
1/2–1 oz grated beeswax
2/3 cup distilled water or compound tincture (see recipe below)
1/3 cup aloe vera gel
drop or 2 of desired essential oil
Put Group 1 in pot or double boiler.
Heat just enough to melt.
Cool to room temperature (until it just starts becoming opaque/solid).
Can cool in fridge to save time.
Start mixing Group 1 with immersion blender, moving oils with spatula.
Gradually pour Group 2 into group 1 while continuing to blend.
When blender chokes and mixture starts to look like icing, stop blending.
If water and oil separate, shake before using or re-blend.
Lasts at least 6 months as is.
Compound Calendula Tincture Recipe
from Douglas Schar’s The Backyard Medicine Chest
Harvest whole plant in full bloom
plants per 10 cups water infusion/10 cups tincture (recipe can be scaled down accordingly)
Gently wash and chop plants to fill jars.
Fill one jar (gallon) with material of 5 plants and pour 10 cups of boiling water over it.
Cover and let stand until cool.
Strain and squeeze out liquid using cheese cloth or strainer.
Store water solution in fridge.
Cover 5 chopped plants with 10 cups 100-proof vodka.
Cover jar and store in dark place for two weeks, shaking daily.
Strain and squeeze.
Mix water and alcohol solution together; it should be shelf stable.
Keep mixture out of light or in dark container to avoid destroying some of the medicinal constituents.
Add to lotion recipe.
To make infused oil, fill jar with calendula petals or freshly-dried whole blossoms and cover with olive oil. Steep in a warm place for 1-2 weeks.