Calendula, also known as Pot Marigold, has become well known in recent years and is now easy to find in many shops in creams, oils, lotions and lip ice. If you do buy it, check the ingredients list. Non natural ingredients and preservatives will cancel out any goodness from the herb. Making your own is simple, and you will know exactly what has gone into it.
- 200 ml boiling water
- 1 Tablespoon dried calendula flowers or 3 Tbsp. fresh flowers
- 60 ml emulsifying ointment or vaseline
- 1 Tbsp glycerine
- 1 tsp honey
- Pour the boiling water over the herb. Cover and leave until cool.
- Strain and keep the water infusion.
- Put the emulsifying ointment, glycerine and honey in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until melted
- Remove from heat and add 150ml of the calendula infusion. Stir well until cooled. It will reach a consistency of thick cream.
- Pour into a small glass jar. Label with name and date