I have something very special sitting in those three little jars that you see there...

Calendula Oil
Comfrey Oil
Calendula Honey

What are they to be used for?  Well... Calendula Officinalis is great for many skin irritations because of it's anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and astringent properties.  So therefore this oil could be used for a number of different things such as salves, lip balm, and on it's own.  I've also infused some Calendula with honey to use as a facial cleanser!

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a very healing herb that can heal wounds quickly because of it's allantoin properties... it can also stop bleeding and reduce inflammation which makes it the perfect herb to make a salve out of as well.  There are a tons more uses for both Comfrey and Calendula and if you're interested in learning more, I definitely recommend checking Herb Mentor!

Here are the materials I gathered to make my infused oils.  For the Comfrey oil I will be using Cold Pressed Organic Olive Oil and for the Calendula oil I'm using Almond Oil.
Next I filled my small (8 oz) jars half full with the herbs making sure that they are packed in.
Next I filled my jars up with the designated oil for each herb, making sure to leave about an inch of head space.  I just fill up to the first line of the screw top portion.  Next I gave them both a stir to get all the herbs and oil combined and to get all the bubbles out... after doing this I noticed the oil levels went down a bit so I made sure to top them off...  
Next I cover them up with a paper towel and the screw top ring that came with the jar.  The paper towels are used to seep up any moisture and excess oil.  I also labeled each jar so I know exactly what they are since they will be sitting for a few weeks before using. 
All done!  Well... for now... these jars will sit for three weeks total.  In the first week I need to stir them every day to make sure the herbs are covered and within the oil otherwise it's possible they could get moldy.  Even after the first week it's a good idea to watch them carefully and make sure they are doing well.  After the third week I'll be showing you guys how I strain them out and make magickal little goodies out of these awesome herbal infused oils! 

I did almost the exact same process for my Calendula infused honey... the only difference was I only filled the jar 1/4 of the way with packed herbs, filled the jar with honey, gave it a stir and screwed on it's regular top.  The honey also will sit for three weeks and each day I pass it I will be turning it over and letting it sit so it gives itself a stir. 
And just for fun here's my kitty who loves to watch me conjure up our magickal remedies...  I'm guessing he's wanting some of that delicious honey too...
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1/30/2012 02:00:44 am

This has nothing to do with the post really but your kitty is a cutie.

1/30/2012 08:43:39 am

LOL! Thanks!! He's a goofball... but we love him!!

1/30/2012 12:55:36 pm

I grew Calendula last year- but I never got around to researching what to do with it....I plan on growing it again though so I can use these ideas this summer!

1/30/2012 11:12:48 pm

That is wonderful Sarah!! And in case you find yourself with so much you don't know what to do with it.... I've also been taught that you can harvest the flowers and freeze them while they are fresh which can be used in the future for a poultice! I thought that was genius and can't wait to grow it myself to do that as well!


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