There is a lot of Calendula planted in my garden. I love the beautiful orange daisy-like flower, for decoration and for its usefulness. It’s edible; you can sprinkle petals on salads or cook them with rice to colour the rice like you might use saffron. (Some have actually called it ‘poor man’s saffron’ for this reason.)
Yesterday, though, I picked the flowers I had on hand and am currently in the process of creating a calendula oil to use in making salve.
Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Picked the flowers.
About a quarter cup, if you smoosh it down. Looks like it took 7 flowers.
Petals in a glass jar.
Half a cup of olive oil added to calendula petals.
Stirring it up.
Label and date.
Now it’s in a sunny window, where it will stay for a week or two until the oil has absorbed the colour and nutrition from the calendula petals.
After the oil is strained, it will be used to make a salve for dry skin.