For all the same reasons that jojoba makes a great carrier for essential oils, it also makes one of the best carrier oils for infusing herbs and botanicals (see our post dedicated to this topic here). Infusing jojoba with botanicals can take it up a notch, adding healing elements to an already amazing product. Jojoba’s shelf stability and long life makes it one of the best mediums for such infusions. This calendula-infused jojoba oil recipe can be used as is, for dry or blemish-prone skin, or it can be used as an ingredient in salves, balms, and other products. Calendula is said to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties as well as speeding up the healing of wounds. These properties make it especially beneficial in troubled skin salves and mixes (like our acne treatment we will be posting soon).
HOW TO MAKE CALENDULA-INFUSED JOJOBA OIL
1. Place dried or fresh calendula flower petals in a jar filling to about 3/4-2/3 full, a quart size is generally a good size to start with. You can use fresh herbs, but make sure they are allowed to dry down for a day or two. The moisture in the herbs can increase the risk of mold. So be extra watchful if you use freshly harvested calendula from your garden.
2. Top off herbs with jojoba. The goal is to keep herbs submerged under jojoba, be sure to leave some headspace for expansion.
3. Cap, shake the jar, and place the jar on a sunny windowsill. Allow to infuse for four to six weeks, shaking every couple of days. It is helpful to write the date the mix was made on the bottom of the jar.
4. Strain herbs out of jojoba with cheesecloth, a couple of layers might be needed to remove all particles. Transfer infused jojoba to smaller bottles to be used as needed or gifted. Write the date finished on the bottom of the jar and try to use up within a year. While jojoba has an indefinite shelf life, the herbs introduce properties that can go bad or increase the risk of mold.
As with all herbal preparations, please test your calendula infusion on the skin in small amounts before using a lot. While jojoba itself is non-allergenic, the herbs used in infusions can cause reactions in some people.