Body and Soul: Calendula Cream

Makes approximately 4 ounces
Soothe and smooth with this gentle cream.

  • 4 ounces shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons dried (or fresh) calendula flowers
  • 800 IU vitamin E oil
  • 3 drops rose otto essential oil
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • Small, wide-mouthed glass jar (recycled baby-food jars work well)
  • 10 drops tincture of benzoin, optional (as a natural preservative)
  1. Melt shea butter in the top of a double boiler; add calendula flowers and heat on medium setting for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Pour mixture through a strainer to remove calendula flowers. Add essential oils and vitamin E oil.
  3. Pour into jar (best if the cream fills the jar); once mixture is cool, close with lid. Label the jar.

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