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This is a Badge Bit (BB) that is part of the PEP Curiculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB you will create calendula infused oil:
- Make the infused oil, and take a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.








Web pages on how to make calendula infused oil:


https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/healthful-calendula


https://mommypotamus.com/calendula-oil-benefits-uses/


https://www.tenthacrefarm.com/how-to-make-healing-calendula-oil/


To show you've completed this BB you must post pictures or a video (<2 minutes) of the following:

- the calendula being harvested
- the calendula in oil, with a description of the oil and any other ingredients that you used
- the finished (strained) infused oil in its labelled jar

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I grew calendula for the 1st time this year.  I picked the flowers, used them fresh, poured olive oil over it, put the mixture in a dark cabinet shaking once a week for 6 weeks.  Next year I will be making 4 times the amount of oil  to use in salves.
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calendulas in garden
calendulas in garden
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oil and flowers
oil and flowers
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calendula oil with flowers
calendula oil with flowers
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calendula salve preparation
calendula salve preparation
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medicinal oil with fresh flowers
medicinal oil with fresh flowers
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calendula info
calendula info
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OK, now it looks like it meets all the posted requirement!!! I certify this BB is complete.

 
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I've been paralleling Dawn on this project   My journal is on the computer so here's the appropriate parts cut and pasted:

Calendula
Culinary?  All parts are edible
Medicinal uses:
Antibacterial
Antiviral
Antifungal
Antiinflamatory
Accelerates healing (safer than comfrey)
Soothes menstrual cramps, stomach ulcers and shingles
Bruises, burns, sores, skin infections, rashes
Cleans lymph system and swollen glands
Locations:
Middle of herb bed

Basic oil recipe:
Put herbs in a wide mouth jar and cover with 1-2” olive oil, cover tightly
Set in warm sunny spot for 2 weeks
Strain out herbs using cheesecloth or muslin
Bottle

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Flower harvest time
Flower harvest time
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Soaking in olive oil
Soaking in olive oil
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All done!
All done!
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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This was a fun activity to grow Calendula from seed to flower to oil infusion.

Here's my PEP BB submission for make a calendula infused oil:
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Harvest 1/2
Harvest 1/2
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Harvest 2/2
Harvest 2/2
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Make
Make
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Journal
Journal
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Labeled
Labeled
 
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How long has it "steeped"?  Are you going to leave the petals in it?  The BB is asking for a pic of it in the oil and the "finished" oil labelled.  You have one photo so that's why I'm asking...
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:How long has it "steeped"?  Are you going to leave the petals in it?  The BB is asking for a pic of it in the oil and the "finished" oil labelled.  You have one photo so that's why I'm asking...



Hey Mike,
Here's the supplemental picture of the finished product for my submission.
Also, I steeped the calendula petals from 7/10 - 7/22. I strained out the petals today.

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Finished & Labeled
Finished & Labeled
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I certify this BB complete!  Along with your spiffy new Air Badge

 
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Here is my BB submission!

Starting materials (Never too late to do a BB right?):



I added some dried flowers to bulk it out with olive oil:


After 4 weeks:


Strained:


Journal Entry:

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I hereby certify this badge bit complete!

 
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Lots of calendula flowers were growing on the allotment and in my front yard. And I had some olive oil left in the bottle 'from my adopted olive tree' of friends who grow olives in Spain.  And of course Calendula oil is always useful, for little scrapes, cuts and scars.


Calendula flowers before harvesting


Calendula flowers being dehydrated (air dried)


the infused oil being made


the finished infused oil in its labelled (in Dutch) jar
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Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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I harvested and dried a bunch of calendula in the fall without a real plan for it. Making this oil was a perfect winter project! Next step is to turn the oil into calendula salve.
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Calendula growing in the garden
Calendula growing in the garden
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Dried calendula infusing in olive oil
Dried calendula infusing in olive oil
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Calendula infused oil
Calendula infused oil
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Note: I certify this BB complete!

 
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I had no idea what calendula was until I happened to see the latin name of a plant we have in our garden. Calendula Officinalis! "Ringblomst" (Ring flower) in Norwegian.
To my luck there was a handful of flowers left, despite it being quite late in the season around here!

As with all my other oils, I infused the calendula in rapeseed, which is a favourite of mine. The teacher in my beekeeping class also did herbal remedies and was quite convinced rapeseed was the bee`s knees for northern skin and skin care.

My attempts at oil infusion for BBs have previously all been cold infusion - standing in the kitchen window for two weeks - and I wanted to try warm infusion as I want to try to make Calendula Salve.

So for the method: Calendula flowers went into a bottle. Poured in enough oil to cover and then some. Heated oven to 150C and put the bottle in it. Turned off oven.
Here is where I think it went the wrong way: there is a fan in the oven that turns on to cool it, and trying to counter that I put the oven to 50C for a little while - this was just enough to cause a lot of movement in the oil. Is this supposed to happen? is it good? Is it bad?

I am not quite sure how this went. It mixed alright and smells OK, but I am unsure about what the oil going muddy means. Some years ago I tried making oil mixtures with the hot method and that stayed clear.  
Does the muddied colour mean that something went wrong?
I have read that warm infusion will not have the same amount of the good stuff as cold infusion, and am prepared for that, but would over heating do anything to the oil to make it "bad" somehow?

I do like the way it looks, but seing as all the other oils have come out clearer, it makes me wonder.....

Is there any of you wonderful permie-herbalists who have any input?
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Calendulas in my basket
Calendulas in my basket
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All the stems gone
All the stems gone
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Calendula first, then cover with oil
Calendula first, then cover with oil
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Put in oven.
Put in oven.
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Straining!
Straining!
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Bottled!
Bottled!
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Submitting my first natural medicine BB! Very much looking forward to using this calendula oil on all the dry, itchy winter skin in this house. Thanks for your consideration
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Calendula harvest (plants circled in case they’re hard to see)
Calendula harvest (plants circled in case they’re hard to see)
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Jar full of dried blossoms and olive oil
Jar full of dried blossoms and olive oil
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Straining after a 3-month windowsill steep
Straining after a 3-month windowsill steep
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Jarred and labeled!
Jarred and labeled!
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Note: I certify this BB complete. Really good pictures.  Beautiful helper.

 
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Calendula flowers infused in olive oil.
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Note: Hello Elizabeth, do you have a photo of the calendula steeping in oil that you can add please?

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Nikki Roche approved this submission.
Note: I certify this badge bit complete. The requirements currently state "a picture of the infusion being made," and straining the herbs is part of that process.

 
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