How can we make marigold oil?
Calendula officinalis is the scientific name for the lovely marigolds. Cultivated as ornamental plants or for medicinal purposes, marigolds cheer up any garden and bring a good mood through their warm and vibrant colors (from light yellow to dark orange).
Marigold oil is usually obtained by distilling the dried heads of the plant.
The flowers are harvested in the afternoon, in full sun and dried in paper bags.
Plastic containers are not used as they favor moisture and mold.
After the flowers have dried, they are collected in a glass container (depending on the desired size, but preferably brown or blue), about half the size of the container. Following, a cold pressed, quality oil (preferably extra virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil or even sunflower oil-unrefined oil) is added as a base for retaining the curative properties of the plant.
Add the oil until the container is filled, then place the lid and seal it well.
Further, there are two options: either keep the container in a bright place in full sun for at least 4 weeks, or in a shady, cool and dry place (the same amount of time). After a few days, one week or so, do not forget to shake the container slightly.
In time, you will notice changes in the colour of the oil (it will turn yellow/gold) and then you’ll know it is ready for the next step: filtration. So, when the color has changed, you will filter the residue (the dried marigold petals) through a fine, clean cloth or natural paper into another new and clean container (preferably of glass).
Depending on the oil chosen for the extraction of marigold properties, and the way you keep the product, your Marigold Oil can last more or less.
Most vegetable oils (with a few exceptions) turn rancid in a few months, especially if they are not kept in suitable places (i.e.in a refrigerator or other cool spaces and away from bright light).
The maximum storage term for vegetable oils (especially those with a therapeutic role) reaches somewhere around 2 years (in unopened containers). From the moment the container is unsealed and the product used, the maximum term reaches somewhere around 6 to 9 months (again, the storage conditions are very important). After this period, the product usually begins to deteriorate as a result of the oxidation process of unsaturated fatty acids. In addition, the therapeutic properties of the extract are either diminished or – as a result of the alteration process – may become harmful.
Marigold oil therapeutic benefits
Since ancient times, marigold oil has been used to relieve burns (including sunburns), as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent, but also for its soothing effect on the skin.
It can be helpful in: exfoliative cheilitis (cracked lips), mouth ulcers, pyrexia, psoriasis and other skin lesions.
In body therapies – therapeutic massages – you can add marigold oil to the used products, especially for Swedish massage to enhance the miorelaxant effect.
Hemorrhoidal treatments also contain marigold extract, to help heal wounds faster, reduce inflammation, and hydrate tissues..
Marigold oil can be used internally for restoration of the gastric and duodenal mucosa, spasms and irritations of the digestive tract.
Warning! For internal use of marigold oil, talk to your doctor in advance.
Like any other product (whether applied topically or internally) marigold oil has some contraindications.
- marigold oil is not recommended for people susceptible to marigold allergies;
- it is contraindicated in lipid absorption disorders.
People with elevated levels of triglycerides should use caution when administering the product internally.
However, marigold oil can be considered a safe product even for children, and it can also be used to relieve irritation caused by diapers.