These amazing flowers, wonderful little circles of sunshine, are a favourite for gardeners and health enthusiasts alike. In the vegetable garden they help ward of pests and do a great job of keeping the pesky carrot fly away. The petals are great for your skin. I add them fresh into salads, a bright splash of colour. I dry them and add them into my baking, particularly into sour dough bread.
I thought I would have a go at making calendula cream; maybe it will be useful for my pregnant ladies for stretch marks and for my gardening friend’s hands.
I was inspired by a recipe of Sarah Raven (How to Make Your Own Calendula Cream) and also a friend Kerry Jeffrey who has been making the most gorgeous soaps and creams (https://www.facebook.com/kezzerswift). I harvested 200g of flowers from my garden, so here is the recipe for that amount of blooms, feel free to scale up or down. Have plenty of sterilized coloured pots with lids ready to store the post. All the other ingredients I bought easily online.
I hope this inspires you to grow and use these wonderful bright sunshine flowers, gifts from nature.