Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sunshine in a Jar

Chamomile and Calendula solar infused Coconut Oil. That's what we have here.
A beautiful blend of vibrant flowers and luscious oil. It truly does look like sunshine in a jar!
 Perfect for applying to any part of the body.

Here's what you'll need:
Dried Chamomile and Calendula (I get mine from Mt. Rose Herbs)
Coconut Oil
2 clean Glass Jars

Here's how it's made:
Fill a small jar half way with coconut oil, the other half with equal parts dried Chamomile and Calendula. If your oil is melted it's easiest the put the flowers in first then pour the oil over until the jar is filled. If your oil is solid, just spoon chunks of it in with the flowers. Seal the jar with a lid.
Now, find a sunny spot outside, and let the jar sit all day and night for 1-2 weeks. everyday you should shake the jar to disperse the flowers.
At night the oil will solidify and by mid-day will liquefy again.

Obviously, this method will only work during warmer times of the year. Your coconut oil needs to heat up to take in the essence of the calendula and chamomile flowers.

Once your oil has infused for a week or two you can strain out the flowers and discard them. put your oil into a clean glass jar. When it re-solidifies it will have a golden tone and smell of coconut, chamomile and calendula.

I love using this oil on my skin, even my face. It's a lovely moisturizer, and has the added benefits that the herbal flowers have imparted into it!