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Calendula Lotion for Winter Skin


If you suffer from dry, chapped, or cracked skin this winter, make a batch of this Calendula Lotion. Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties, which means it's helpful for healing wounds, soothing eczema, and treating damaged skin. I grow Calendula during the summer, so I use fresh flowering heads; but you could also use dried flowers.


Directions:

3/4 cup calendula infused oil (See my article "Solar-infused Oils for Skin Care")

¼ cup coconut oil

1 oz beeswax

3/4 cup distilled water

1/4 cup aloe vera gel

1 tsp. Vitamin E

Optional: Essential oils of your choice


In a double boiler, heat calendula infused oil, coconut oil, and beeswax over low heat until everything is melted. Pour oils into a blender, and set aside to cool down. In a glass measuring cup, stir together the distilled water and aloe vera gel and set that aside. When the oils have cooled to room temperature, add in the vitamin E and turn blender on high. Remove the cap from the blender cover and slowly pour the water mixture through the hole and blend everything together. When the mixture burps, it’s done. However, you may have to stir the lotion by hand a bit. If using essential oils, blend them into the lotion. Pour lotion into jars or bottles with pumps. Slather this lotion onto your skin after your shower or anytime your skin feels dry.

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