Homemade Healing Calendula Cream

homemade calendula cream recipe

This has by far been one of my favourite things to make! It’s so much easier than you would think, and such a great healing cream to use on your skin. It’s 100% natural, no nasties, chemical-free, toxin-free and made completely from scratch!

Calendula was the “Windex” of my childhood…

Whenever we got any bumps, bruises, scrapes or cuts, mum brought out the calendula cream and lathered that baby on.

Calendula is an anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour agent, and powerful wound healer. It’s a potent medicinal herb, particularly for skin ailments and rashes, including eczema, acne, even nappy rash.

Before we get started in learning how to make this healing calendula cream – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

Homemade Calendula-Infused Oil

The first step in making this cream is to make an infused oil. There are a couple of ways you can do this:

  1. Infuse calendula flowers in olive oil for several weeks, or
  2. Heat the oil and dried flowers on low in a slow cooker for up to 24 hours.

You’ll need one cup total of this infused oil for the recipe, but I always figure it’s better to make more so you have some ready for next time, or to use in other recipes and DIYs. This oil will keep for up to 6 months or more.

Solar-Infused Calendula Oil

This method takes 4-6 weeks to complete as it involves infusing the oil using natural sunlight. This method tends to yield a better quality oil.


To make:

  1. If using fresh flowers, dry for 12-24 hours beforehand to remove any moisture left in the flowers. Too much moisture will cause the oil to go rancid.
  2. Add the flowers to a mason jar, then pour the oil(s) over the top, ensuring the flowers are completely covered, and fastened the lid on.
  3. Allow to sit on a sunny windowsill for 4-6 weeks, or until the oil takes on the colour of the flowers (so the oil should develop a golden-yellow colour). Shake once or twice daily.
  4. Strain out the flowers and reserve the oil to make the calendula cream. I compost the flowers.
  5. Store any leftover oil in a cool, dark, dry place. for up to 6-12 months.

Heat-Infused Calendula Oil

This method only takes 24-72 hours at most to make, and involves using a crockpot to heat the oil and infuse the herbal properties.


To make:

  1. Place the flowers in a crockpot and cover with oil(s), making sure the flowers are completely covered.
  2. Gently heat the flowers over very low heat, at a controlled temperature of 38°C or 100°F for 48-72 hours, or until the oil takes on the colour of the flowers.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
  4. Once the oil has cooled, strain out the flowers and store the oil in dry, sterilised glass jars. Store in a cool, dark, dry place for up to 6-12 months.

Homemade Calendula Cream

Now it’s time for the exciting part! Actually making the calendula cream.


To make:

  1. In a saucepan, bring several cups of water to a boil, and once boiling, turn down to a simmer and make a double boiler by placing the infused oil and beeswax either in a heat-proof bowl on top of the pot of water, or in a glass jar placed in the simmering water.
  2. Heat until the beeswax melts completely into the oil, stirring constantly throughout. Once melted, take off heat and stir in the essential oils.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender, cover – except for the hole that is used for drizzling liquids in at the top. Turn on the blender and slowly drizzle in the water. You may need to scrape down the sides of your blender once or twice to make sure all of the water gets incorporated into the mixture.
  4. Pour the mix into your sterilised glass containers, and let the cream set for several hours before using.
  5. Since this cream is made with water and doesn’t contain any of the preservatives commonly found in store bought creams, it has a shorter lifespan of around 1-2 months, so store it in the fridge between uses.

Some other wonderful uses for calendula flowers and the infused-oil:

Homemade calendula cream tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.

Have you made calendula cream before? What was it like? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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