Calendula is the star ingredient in this recipe, with its resins being used traditionally to stimulate skin healing. Vitamin E found naturally in sweet almond oil supports this process. The rest of the ingredients are just for fun, and deliver an aromatic final product that smells like holidays and being snuggled up by the fireplace.
1. Using a coffee or spice grinder, process the calendula petals until fine.
2. Place oil, powdered petals, orange peel, cloves, and crushed cinnamon sticks into a blender.
3. Process for 20-30 seconds.
4. Pour into a clean, sterile glass jar and replace lid.
5. Place jar in a cool, dark place for two weeks.
6. Strain oil through muslin and discard solids.
7. Pour oil into a freshly sterilised, amber glass jar or bottle.
8. Store in the fridge and use within 2-3 months.
Note: There is no such thing as too little or too much with this body oil. Just apply it to skin as you like. As always with organic remedies, keep refrigerated and keep an eye out for spoilage. Always patch test before use.
When we think of healing we often go straight to the physical; healing our bones, our skin, our digestive system – yet, sometimes we need a little bit of self-indulgence or as its known ‘chocolate therapy’ to support the healing process.
Naturopaths will often look to the gut when determining the origin of many types of disease. Prebiotics by definition is foods or ingredients that selectively promote the growth or activity of beneficial microorganisms (gut bacteria), and are different to the bacteria themselves called probiotics. Prebiotic foods in this recipe include; onion, garlic, asparagus, chickpeas and the vegetables in general. Promoting the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria has flow-on effects to improve digestive function, the immune system, mental health, skin health and almost every aspect of health.
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