Learn how to make and use calendula oil for skin soothing, healing, and brightening. Calendula is a powerful herb with amazing benefits, particularly when it comes to calming skin ailments and rashes. This calendula oil recipe is a simple infusion that can be used on its own or as the first step in a variety of natural skin care recipes.
Calendula is one of my very favorite flowers. Not only is it a beautiful addition to the garden, but it has many amazing health benefits. I feel lucky that it grows readily and wild in our backyard without me having to do much, as it reseeds itself every year.
You can read more about how to grow it and its uses in my post here: 10 Reasons to Grow Calendula for Your Garden, Food, and Health.
One of the most popular and effective ways to enjoy the benefits of calendula is to make an infused oil. There are many ways to use calendula-infused oil once you have it on hand!
Before we get to its uses, let’s talk about why calendula is so awesome in the first place. First and foremost, let’s set aside that calendula is edible, and focus on how great calendula is for the skin.
It is beneficial for dry skin, cracks, eczema, scrapes, minor burns and sunburns, rashes, chapped lips, and pesky bug bites. It helps to reduce inflammation and promotes wound healing.
This is what makes calendula-infused oil such a beneficial application, as it can be used topically for many different ailments. Plus it’s gorgeous!
How to Make a Calendula Oil Infusion
In this simple recipe, infuse dried calendula flowers into the carrier oil of your choice. For most skin applications I like to use a blend of coconut, sweet almond, and olive oils. Other options include jojoba, avocado, and sunflower.
The kind of oil that you use will depend on the final application and your own personal preference.
If you have fresh calendula flowers, they can be used but they need to be dried first. A homemade drying screen is a great way to do that!
The amount of dried herb you use is flexible and not an exact science, just put dried calendula flowers in whatever jar that you want to use and cover them with oil. Easy peasy!
Cover the jar with a lid, and let the infusion sit in a cool place away from direct sunlight for several weeks before using. This will help to preserve the quality of more light-sensitive oils, like sweet almond oil.
A quicker option is to add a bit of heat using an Excalibur dehydrator, as it is excellent for heating at lower temperatures. To see all of the different methods that can be used for infusing oils, see my post on How to Make Infused Herbal Oils.
Once the calendula oil is infused, it can be used as-is to hydrate and heal dry or irritated skin. To use as a body oil, the flowers can be left in, or strained out.
To use calendula oil in other skincare recipes, strain out the calendula flowers with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth before adding it to a recipe.
How to Use Calendula Infused Oil
Now that the calendula oil is fully infused, here are some of my favorite ways to use it!
Use The Oil As Is
Once you have that wonderful golden oil, you can use it just as it is, if you wish.
Rub it on dry hands and feet, on cuts and bruises, or even rub a little into your hair. It is extremely nourishing on its own!
That said, it may be a little cumbersome to carry a jar of oil around, so I generally prefer these other applications.
Healing Calendula Salve
Making a homemade healing salve is probably my favorite way to use calendula oil.
Calendula salve is one of the easiest to make and most versatile ways to utilize the benefits of this amazing flower!
This homemade calendula cream is a rich and creamy delight for the skin.
It is perfect and soothing for really dry and itchy skin. I use it almost daily as a moisturizer!
Lotion Bars with Calendula Oil
I’ve become really fond of homemade hard lotion bars lately. They are perfect for keeping on hand when you’re out and about and need some skin nourishment.
My calendula lotion bars are easy to make and great to have around!
Calendula Whipped Body Butter
This whipped body butter has a luscious consistency, and is super soothing as it’s powered by calendula oil!
Perfect for all-over body use, this body butter will moisturize and heal dry or irritated skin.
Homemade Calendula Soap
I’ve been really getting into making my own homemade soap these days.
The first batch of soap I ever made was a wonderful calendula soap recipe, and it’s still one of my favorites!
Diaper Rash Salve
Calendula is one of the safest herbal ingredients to use on a baby’s sensitive skin. This herbal diaper rash salve uses calendula-infused oil as its base, and it works wonders!
It’s a much better alternative than the store-bought stuff with weird ingredients. It’s perfect for your little one!
Salad Dressing Using Calendula Oil
Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget that infused calendula oil is edible! Use it in place of regular oil when making a vinaigrette-style salad dressing.
I would use whatever oil you normally use in your dressings as the oil for your infusion, probably extra virgin olive oil. You could even throw a few fresh calendula petals on the salad if you have some handy.
This will make a wonderful and bright addition to your everyday salads!
Need more healing calendula flower power?
- Herbal Bath Salt with Calendula & Mint
- Calendula Iced Tea
- Calendula & Thyme Shortbread Cookies
- 10 Reasons to Grow Calendula
Calendula Infused Oil
- Place dried calendula flowers into the jar.
- Pour carrier oil over to cover the flowers and cap the jar with a lid.
- Let the oil infuse in a cool place out of direct sunlight for at least two weeks, or until the infusion is a golden color and ready to use.
- Follow the first two instructions, and then place the jar into a box-style dehydrator (such as Excalibur brand). Set it to 100° F (38° C) and let it heat infuse for 24-48 hours.
- The amounts of dried calendula flowers and carrier oils are estimates and don't need to be exact. You can make as much or as little of this infused oil as you like, so feel free to modify the amount. As long as the oil is covering whatever amount of dried flowers you decide to use, that is what matters!
- For most skin applications I like to use a blend of coconut, sweet almond, and olive oils. Other options include jojoba, avocado, and sunflower. The kind of oil that you use will depend on the final application and your own personal preference.