I’ve been at this for a while, but finally ready for my first jar. Calendula oil can be used for many things (look online to find out!), but my purpose is to make calendula lotion for use this winter when my skin really starts to dry out.
Calendula plants are actually very cheerful and a nice addition to your yard. Once they really get going you will have no shortage of flowers to harvest, I have only three little plants that I have to cut almost daily. Basically you just harvest any open flowers (I cut down as low as I can on the plant just to keep it under control but the part you want to dry is really just the head) and put them in the dehydrator for about 3-4 hours until they are completely dry. If you go to break the petals apart and it doesn’t happen easily, then you know they aren’t done. They will literally almost disintegrate in your fingers when they’re dry. Collect them in a sealed container until you have enough to make a jar of oil!
To make the oil, cover desired amount of dried petals with one inch of oil, and put in warm sunny place for one month. Strain the dried flowers from the oil and use for whatever project you have planned.