Calendula Infused Coconut Oil

This healing calendula infused coconut oil can be used as a body lotion, a base to use in your homemade deodorant or face serum and much more!

How To Make Calendula Infused Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is used year round in my home for both cooking and topical use. It’s high in antioxidants which helps to repair free radical damaged skin and also prevents further degeneration of skin; by far one of the best carrier oils to use on your skin! People with diverse skin irritations have experienced amazing results using coconut oil in the skin.

I infuse different herbs and essential oils with coconut oil throughout the year to keep my skin feeling soft and healthy. I also make rubs and salves to have on hand to apply to cuts, scraps or rashes.

This summer I spent some time learning about the healing benefits of calendula and made infused calendula oil, lotion and healing salve.

Calendula is most notably used for skin, and for good reason! Calendula oil has anti-inflammatory properties that are extremely beneficial to use on damaged, inflamed, dry, cracked or chapped skin.

Calendula infused coconut oil is safe to use on all skin types, even babies. Actually, it makes a great baby lotion!

 

How To Make Calendula Infused Coconut Oil

There are two ways to make calendula infused coconut oil:

Option 1: This method will take up to 6 weeks to make.  You’ll need dried organic calendula flowers (buy here) and virgin coconut oil (get a free jar here). All you have to do is fill a glass jar 3/4 way full of dried calendula leaves and then fill the whole jar up with coconut oil (you’ll need to gently melt it at a very low heat if it’s solid). Keep the jar out in the sun and swirl the mixture around every 2-3 days. After approximately 6 weeks the oil will be ready. All you have to do then is strain the dried calendula flowers from the infused oil.

Option 2: This method will take 6-8 hours. You’ll need a double boiler and a thermometer. Pour the dried calendula flowers into double boiler. Cover the flowers with coconut oil. Keep the oil at 115-120 degrees for 6-8 hours. The coconut oil will turn a beautiful bright yellow color. This method is quicker, but the heat may damage some of the healing properties of the coconut oil and calendula.

How To Make Calendula Infused Coconut Oil

How To Use Calendula Infused Coconut Oil

You can use this infused oil directly on the skin or add it to other oils to make your favorite body butter, lip balm, deodorant and sun screen.

The recipe below is my favorite use for calendula infused coconut oil. I use this salve on the bottom of my feet and on my dry skin throughout the winter.

Healing Coconut & Calendula Salve

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Calendula Infused Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Beeswax
  • 20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Instructions:

  1. Melt the beeswax over low heat over a double boiler.
  2. Once melted, take off the heat and add the calendula coconut oil.
  3. Stir the oil and beeswax together.
  4. Add essential oils and mix again until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour into glass container.

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Healing Coconut & Calendula Salve
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Calendula Infused Coconut Oil
  • ¼ Cup Beeswax
  • 20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. Melt the beeswax over low heat over a double boiler.
  2. Once melted, take off the heat and add the calendula coconut oil.
  3. Stir the oil and beeswax together.
  4. Add essential oils and mix again until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour into glass container.

 

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About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.
12 comments… add one
  • Kay August 29, 2016, 7:50 pm

    Is it degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius?

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  • Ema Franken March 2, 2016, 11:31 pm

    How do you stop the coconut oil solidifying during the infusion and after its strained?

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  • Judy Shane January 22, 2016, 8:17 am

    Not a comment but a question, when making body washes and scrubs with oil, do you have trouble with all the oil going down the drain and clogging? Is there something special you do to keep this from being a problem?

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  • pati November 17, 2015, 5:18 pm

    The flowers are easy to grow yourself and you can find them very easy too. Mountain Rose Herbs sell the seeds or get the plants at a green house . I get all my plants at a local Amish Farm and are sure of how they are started. Calendula is a heirloom seed so you can grow them from yr to yr.

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  • Marilyn October 20, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Is there another creditable place to get dried calendula flowers? Mountain Rose Herbs have been out for quite awhile now.

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  • Cathy October 14, 2015, 9:11 am

    is there a way to strain the color out and leave the good properties in the oil? I found that using the natural beeswax made the deodorants yellow and stained my clothes. I’m going to retry with white beeswax pellets. this infused oil interests me greatly and my armpits are sensitive so any anti-inflammatory properties would assist!

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    • Lin November 5, 2015, 2:57 pm

      How do you store the finished salve.?

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  • Vicki Benrud October 14, 2015, 8:43 am

    To infuse coconut oil with calendula leaving in the sun for 6 weeks, do you need to leave outside in the sun or can it be in a southern exposure window for 6 weeks?

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    • The Coconut Mama October 16, 2015, 8:49 am

      You can leave it in the window as long as it’s in the sun for several hours a day.

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  • FERNIE October 14, 2015, 6:56 am

    I have infused Sweet Almond Oil much the same way, covering the dried flowers with oil and leaving in capped jar for 8 weeks. This turned out really well so I am going to try the coconut oil as I use it all the time in most everything I make. Thank You for the tip.

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  • Rachel Klindworth October 13, 2015, 6:42 pm

    Hmmmm…so instead of the double boiler and trying to monitor the temp for 6-8 hrs; why not place the mixture of calendula infused coconut oil, beeswax and essential oil in a mason jar, and place in your dehydrator, set at 115 degrees, for 8hrs?? Whatdya think?

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    • The Coconut Mama October 16, 2015, 8:48 am

      I wouldn’t do that! It would be difficult to strain the calendula flowers from the beeswax. You also don’t want to heat the essential oils so I would wait to add them until the end.

      Good idea about using a dehydrator to infuse the coconut oil and calendula! I think that method would work.

      Reply

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