*calendula* infusion

Over the weekend I started my first infusion.  A calendula infusion to be exact!

Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold or garden marigold, has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations. Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed  skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks. This versatile botanical can be incorporated into baths, creams, compresses, washes, salves, ointments, massage oils, baths, facial steams, tinctures, and teas. It is also gentle enough to use for babies, children, or animals. Internally, gargling with Calendula infused water may ease a sore throat, sores in the mouth, and inflammations in the mouth and throat.
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It wasn't until I started to learn about herbs, tinctures, salves, infusions and poultices that I realized they were pretty simple to put together. 

Take this infusion for example.  All I did was fill a pint size jar 3/4 full of calendula flowers, then pour olive oil (the preferred oil when making infusions) over the flowers and voila!  Give it a few good shakes and then set it in the sun.  This infusion will have to sit for approximately 2-4 weeks, during that time give it a good shake at least once a day if you remember, if not, no worries.  By all means, let it infuse longer for more potency.  My plan is to let it infuse for a minimum of 4 weeks, but I will most likely let it go for 6! 

I have already made a salve, which I love, and next I plan to make a tincture and even a cough syrup, especially since cold and flu season is right around the corner. 

What herbal remedies have you made lately?

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