Monday, August 14, 2006

Monday 14th August - Calendula Cream

Having seen Calendula Cream being made on Gardener's World, I am determined to have a go. I suspect chemists up and down the country are running out of glycerine and emulsifying ointment as it looked really simple to make. The recipe is:

100g (70 flowerheads) of Calendula, chopped
150g Emulsifying Ointment
70ml Glycerine
80ml Water

mix all ingredients in a bowl and gently heat in a bain-marie for an hour. Remove from heat and add a few drops of lavender oil. Filter through fine muslin into sterilised jar.

According to Sarah Raven it is good for small cuts and abrasions.

3 comments:

Greenmantle said...

So is Savlon, and it costs about 98p

(OK, I know that isn't the point1)

Allotment No 21 said...

... and the Herbalist at work is muttering about having done all this for 20 years then some upstart in a frock & designer garden makes one cream and everyone is suddenly into herbs...

Actually, our Herbalist did give me a good (and much easier than the cream) tip: Brew a tea with marigold flowers and strain the liquid. Added to a bath it is very cleansing, good for the skin, costs nothing and isn't packed full of chemicals & preservatives.

Peter said...

Yes! dear i read it ,but any other option for wrinkles calendula cream