Marigolds bring much colour to the garden, mine have only just stopped flowering even now as the year ends and a new one begins. They are faithful friends who are not gone for long, returning year on year. Bringing cheer to the garden they provide protection to other plants and feed the bees. They don’t limit their kindness to the garden, harness their goodness and our skin benefits too.
Calendula officianalis which is Marigolds other name, is great for soothing broken, irritated and chapped skin, nappy rash, eczema, sunburn and the list goes on. It is high in flavonoids which work as antioxidants protecting the body from cell damage. It promotes wound healing, reduces inflammation through its flavonoids whilst promoting an antiseptic & antimicrobial effect (Mercola, Herbwisdom).
So why am I telling you this? Well, I wanted to make some cosmetics, maybe some lip balms and calendula oil with all the goodness it offers for chapped winter lips, it makes the perfect ingredient.
So plant some calendula officianalis in your garden this coming year, they are hardy plants, growing them is easy, as are their rewards. Once it’s blooming, you can make this special oil too.
- 30g calendula flower heads
- 250mls almond oil
- 1 sterile jar
Take the flower heads and plucky the petals off, place into the jar. Cover with the almond oil. Keep the jar on a sunny windowsill for 1 week, giving it a shake daily.