The winter air is a brutal foe. The dry cold coupled with the heater running leaves skin damaged, dry and sometimes cracked. This is especially true if you spend time on the mountain skiing or snowboarding in the blistery winds. When my skin gets dry and chapped I turn to homemade remedies, most of which are entirely edible, so I don’t have to worry about what I’m putting on my body. Time to get that moisturized, glowing spring skin on!
This recipe is insanely easy and incredibly soothing and healing. Calendula oil is a wonderful anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin, including people with eczema or psoriasis. It can facilitate the healing of wounds and help increase collagen to help prevent and heal scars. I’ve also heard it’s great for healing and soothing diaper rash but can’t attest to that!
I use a slow, cold infusion method because heating the oils and calendula can damage some of the healing properties as well as cause the oils to go rancid sooner. I use this organic dried calendula in my infusions.
Oh, and did I mention it’s BEE-YOU-TEE-FUL while it steeps in your window?! A very lovely client of mine noticed it glowing prettily and asked what it was. Here it is!
- glass jar
- dried calendula (pot marigold)
- pinch dried rosemary
- carrier oil of choice, I use jojoba or extra virgin olive oil (sweet almond, macadamia etc. would all be great here)
- few drops essential oil if desired, I like chamomile for additional soothing properties
- Fill the jar ¾ of the way with calendula flowers and add a pinch of rosemary
- Pour carrier oil over the flowers more than covering the flowers
- Add a few drops essential oil, seal jar and leave in sunny warm window for a few weeks.
- * Use a carrier oil you can use on your face (non-comedogenic) so you can slather it everywhere without worry:)