"The Earth Laughs In Flowers"
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Calendula flowers are easy to grow, versatile to use and a gorgeous ray of sunshine in the garden!
With Autumn beginning to emerge upon us *feelin' that nip in the air* I was motivated to collect and store these summer filled flowers to enjoy throughout the winter.
Off to the garden we went! The girls enjoyed filling their baskets with the beautiful flower heads...
I wanted to make simple cream from what I had on hand and not a lot of fuss.
Here is what I came up with (with some advice)
1 cup calendula petals
1 cup organic cold pressed coconut oil
Simmer them together on VERY low heat (1 or 2 on the stove) for a couple of hours.
Strain through a cheese cloth and pour into a glass cream jar.
You can then tie up your cheese cloth (with petals still inside) and use it for a luxurious bath.
These two ingredients make quite the dynamic duo ~ calendula brightens the skin (and man do we need that in winter!) and also carries powerful healing, anti aging gifts for the skin!
Coconut oil works as a wonderful, antioxidant-filled moisturizer. I once asked a woman I know (who began St.Francis Herb Farm) what her secret was ~ her skin was incredible ~ she told me it was coconut oil!
I look forward to treating my face with this sunshine infused cream all throughout those dry, cold months!
I also wanted to make a calendula infused oil ~ a healing balm for chapped skin, wounds, burns, cracked nipples, bruises, insect stings, diaper rash, and eczema!
Again my goal was to keep it simple and simple this was.
Luna filled up a jar with our calendula flower heads and poured grape seed oil in until it reached the top.
Then we left it on a windowsill that is graced by sunlight and now will let that sunshine work it's magic!
In a month or so we will bottle this oil to be used it as the need arises ~ perhaps a gift for a new mama...
So many ways to enjoy calendula ~ fresh petals sprinkled on salads and sweets or dried and placed in a shaker for year round, in food for a saffron inspired flare, added to bath salts, blended with cornstarch for a silky baby powder, drying and stringing whole for decoration (apparently they hold their color and shape!) or to just plain admiring their beauty!
These plants love to be planted ~ they are prolific in the garden, re-seeding themselves and offering their lavish sunset blooms from spring to late fall.
What are some of your favorite ways to use flowers from your garden?