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danyel Posted - Jul 31 2013 : 3:24:57 PM
Does any one know the "correct" ratio for making candula oil, some articles say one third cup flowers to the jar and fill with olive oil. Other articles are one half jar dried flowers to one half oil. I do not want to mess up! Help please.


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Lady in Pearls Posted - Sep 10 2019 : 10:31:47 AM
Haha! Nope, I throw a handful or two of flowers into a sterilized jar and fill it up with olive oil! The flowers do expand, so I always leave room, but honestly, this last time I made a tincture of calendula flowers, green tea, lavender flowers, and witch hazel for a sunburn spray remedy (the strained tincture mixed with aloe vera gel, cucumber hydrosol, two drops of peppermint essential oil, and a little rose water) and I measured nothing *facepalm*

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loribeck Posted - Jul 23 2019 : 6:59:43 PM
Judith, I believe it would. I use it regularly on my feet and it really helps. I go barefoot all summer long and this is the only thing that keeps my heels from cracking.

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StitchinWitch Posted - Jul 22 2019 : 11:00:06 AM
Hi Lori
I am also cruising old posts and saw yours. I have a friend who is having problems with wicked cracks on her feet that don't seem to respond to anything the doc gives her. I am wondering if calendula oil might help.


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loribeck Posted - Jul 20 2019 : 6:14:13 PM
Just scrolling through some of the old posts and this one caught my eye. I recently made calendula oil. I plan on using some of it to make a balm. I am a barefoot kinda gal so I rub the oil on my feet at night and it really works.

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HodgeLodge Posted - Feb 27 2014 : 10:41:07 AM
I pick all summer and dry, put in a quart jar, and fill with olive oil. I dont measure. how did you end up doing it?

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ramonaj Posted - Oct 07 2013 : 8:52:44 PM
hi all, I've made calendula oil for years and rarely do the ratio thing. Just make sure you cover the flowers completely. I also add a poplar bud to my oil which helps it stay fresh for a long time. make a tincture too, if you have enough flowers and you can make a wonderful cream. My recipe is on here somewhere, under the heading "lemon balm cream." Calendula is good for so many things that my patch is pretty much sacred.

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danyel Posted - Sep 29 2013 : 06:32:36 AM
I did make my fist pint jar. and it is truly a wonderful oil. My daughter and I have used it on eczema and contact dermatitis and it is cleared up, so when she came home with bug bites she went for the jar, she really likes the results. So I decided to share some with a friend who also has a problem with skin irritants. Hope it goes as well for them. good luck to you.

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kysheeplady Posted - Sep 29 2013 : 04:20:32 AM
That sounds very easy, I'm gonna have to try that one.TFS!

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bluemoon Posted - Sep 28 2013 : 6:14:15 PM
here's a recipe from Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herb book: To make the oil fill a quart jar 3/4 full with calendula buds(some say to pack it) Fill the jar to within an inch of the top with olive oil(for medicinal purposes) Place in a warm sunny spot, and let the herbs & oil infuse for 3 to 4 weeks. Strain & rebottle. For double strength oil, add a fresh batch of calendula buds to the strained oil for another 3 to 4 weeks. Store in cool place out of sunlight(refrigerator is fine) where the oil will keep for 1 year. To use:apply oil topically to skin rashes,eczema, & swollen lymph glands. Mine has been sitting for a week now. She also has a recipe using the oil to make a salve & face cream.
rksmith Posted - Aug 06 2013 : 6:12:57 PM
You can do either dried or fresh. If you use fresh be extra sure that there is not any dampness or water on the flowers or in the jar. I have read that this can cause mold, but I don't know from experience. I dry mine first just to make sure that there is not any water--the idea of mold gives me the creeps.

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shawneefarmgirl Posted - Aug 04 2013 : 12:25:10 PM
Rachel or Cheryl - I have never made calendula oil, either. But I have some growing in my garden this year. So - do you have to dry the flowers to make the oil? Can I just snip the flowers from the plant and put them into a jar and cover with oil? Will it work this way?? I'd appreciate the input. Thank You

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danyel Posted - Jul 31 2013 : 7:18:55 PM
Thank you both for taking the time to reply. I will try the method of covering the flowers with oil. sounds a lot easier than measuring it out. I have been picking and air drying the flowers for weeks and did not want to mess up. It appears that most of my flowers are done blooming so I do not have time to start over again. I am saving some to try in the soap. so it is great that I do not have to worry about an exact amount to turn into oil. I let you know how it turns out.


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Tapestry Posted - Jul 31 2013 : 6:42:40 PM
Hi danyel and glad to see you're finding your way around MJ's. I agree with Rachel. I'd just put the flowers in the jar and add the oil till they were covered. Think I'd gently rotate the jar every day till it looked like the flowers had given up their goodies and then strain and label. I know you'll hear more from some of the ladies in here who routinely make oils, lotions, soaps and such. Have fun and make sure to let us all know how it turns out :)

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rksmith Posted - Jul 31 2013 : 6:00:58 PM
I have no clue about ratios! I just do like the old timers and put herbs in a jar until it seems like enough and cover completely with oil. I've not had any problems with anything I've made this way. The people that I do know who like to use ratios though often talk about Richo Cech's method, but I have no idea what that would be!

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