Dehydrators provide a quick and easy way to dry your favorite herbs.
MAKES 2 CUPS
This oil may be used directly on the skin as a base for salves and creams, as a carrier oil for essential oils, or as a massage oil. Apply directly to the face (or other parts of the body) or add up to 1 tablespoon to the bath to ease dry skin.
• 2 cups oil such as almond, olive, or jojoba
• 1 cup dried calendula flower petals
• 1 capsule vitamin E (400 IU)
1. Combine oil and dried calendula petals in a glass or stainless steel pot. Warm over low heat, being careful not to burn the oil. Heat for approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Cool and then strain.
2. Discard the flowers.
3. Add vitamin E as a preservative.
4. Label with contents and date. Store in a dark pint-size bottle in the refrigerator. Use within six months.
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Cathy Manus-Gray is an herbal educator and freelance writer who lives, works, and plays at Herban Gardens, an oasis in the city of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
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