The calendula flower has been used for centuries to calm irritated
and sensitive skin. While the flower is abundantly easy to find, the
essential oil is not. Occasionally, you may find a supplier with true
calendula absolute but be prepared for the high price. For our soap, we’re
going to make a calendula tea and use it as our lye water.
Put approximately 20 (more than needed to allow for shrinkage)
ounces of water in your tea kettle or favorite pot along with a handful of
dried calendula petals on medium-high heat. When it reaches near the
boiling point, remove from heat and allow to cool, stirring occasionally.
Strain the flowers from your fresh batch of calendula tea and use
(completely cooled) for your lye water. Using teas in your batch makes
for an extra creamy soap.
27 oz. olive oil
10 oz. coconut oil
3 oz. cocoa butter
3 oz. palm oil
1 oz. shea butter (refined or unrefined)
13.2 oz. calendula tea
6.1 oz. lye
2 oz. lavender essential oil
1 oz. palmarosa essential oil
4 teaspoons calendula petals
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More about Calendula
Calendula have been grown as a garden plant for many years throughout North America and Europe. The golden yellow flowers of Calendula officinalis have been used as medicine for centuries. Traditionally, Calendula have been used to treat conjunctivitis, blepharitis, eczema, gastritis, minor burns including sunburns, warts, and minor injuries such as sprains and wounds. It has also been used to treat cramps, coughs, and snake bites. Research continues into the healing properties of Calendula.
Historically, Calendula flowers have been considered beneficial in reducing inflammation, promoting wound healing, and used as an antiseptic. Calendula has been used to treat a variety of skin diseases and has been seen effective in treatment of skin ulcerations and eczema. Taken internally through a tea, it has been used for treatment of stomach ulcers, and inflammation. A sterile tea has been used to treat infections of the eye, like conjunctivitis, however, this practice is not recommended.