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Calendula cream from the store often comes with unwanted preservatives
I know because I was using calendula cream for our babies and diaper rashes and read the ingredients. Calendula is one of my absolutely favorite flowering herbs to grow, it’s super easy and the more you pick the more it flowers. This cheerful flower will even flower in the fall after frosts, making it a long lasting garden herb. Every summer we harvest, dry calendula petals and make calendula oil to make salves and lotions. Calendula makes an excellent addition to a herbal remedies garden.
This calendula cream recipe is inspired from Amy Fewell’s new book ‘The Homesteaders Herbal Companion’ which I was offered to review
Grow your own herbal remedies garden
‘The Homesteaders Herbal Companion’ book is a fantastic resource for selecting your herbs, growing a herb garden and making homemade herbal remedies. This inspiring book also offers recipes and tips for using herbs with farm animals, an important aspect of the homestead. Amy Fewell walks you through the basics of herbalism from infusing your oils, drinking herbal tea, making tinctures, syrups, poultices and choosing the best herbs for your needs. I love that she’s also included many recipes with essential oils, and guides you through herb profiles including foraging for wild herbs to wildcraft. Some of my favorite recipes were the immune boosting lollipops made with elderberries and herbal gummies for our kids. I can’t wait to make the shaving cream recipe! Amy Fewell covers everything from selecting your herb seeds, making your own herb seed potting mix, growing your herbs and even saving and storing your herb seeds. From soap making and herbal body care products to choosing herbs for chickens and treating your livestock parasites, this book has your homestead covered. This book should be on all homesteaders bookshelves, whether you’re an urban homesteader or rural.
‘The Homesteaders Herbal Companion’ is the perfect hands on resource for introducing a herbal life
Calendula Cream Lotion Recipe
I adapted this calendula cream recipe from the basic lotion recipe in the Homesteaders Herbal Companion’ book. This is a slight variation to make a calendula cream lotion. You’ll want to infuse calendula oil for this recipe. but you can also buy calendula oil.
The first time I made this recipe I had a lot of calendula oil and make 3 batches. I kept it in the fridge for many months but we really didn’t need so much! The cream will change consistency in the fridge and become harder.
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.