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Calendula Oil

Day 1: Pick the flowers, let dry spread out on paper for 3-4 days
(or until really dry). If you use them straight from your garden
your oil will rot into a smelly mess about one times in four.

Day 4 (or whenever, if you use dried flowers): Cram as much flowers
into a glass jar as will fit. Cover with a good cold pressed oil
(olive oil is okay but it does have a strong odor) (currently I
use sesame oil, but really any cold pressed edible oil works) (why
cold pressed? You can be certain that a rancid cold pressed oil
smells rancid. You can't be certain of the rancidity of cheaper
oils.), close lid, put jar onto flat dish in sunny window (it will
leak oil).

Day 5: press out bubbles, add oil from dish to jar, add more oil
if needed. Day 6-8: Repeat day 5 if needed.

Week 3-4: pour flowers and oil into a cheese cloth, wring all the
oil out of the mess. Pour into bottle, put cap on tightly, label.

Keep in a dark cupboard. Depending on the age of your oil this
will keep for 2-3 years. If you make it into a salve (put 5 parts
herb oil into the top bowl of a waterbath, add water underneath,
heat gently, add 1 part beeswax, stir until melted, pour into small
jars, let cool, close lids, label) it'll keep for about 2-3 years
longer, due to the beeswax.


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