Calendula coconut cream


I found this super easy and amazing recipe on creative Christian mama. All you need is coconut oil and calendula petals. I cheated and bought my petals as you need so many flowers to produce this recipe and my garden just wasn’t up to it.


100g coconut oil (this is solid at room temperature)

30g calendula petals

Over a very low heat melt the coconut oil (this happens very quickly so stay near by).

Put the petals into a jar. Pour the coconut oil over the petals. Loosely put the lid on.

calendula_coconut_creamPut a cloth into the bottom of a sauce pan and place the jar on top.

Fill the saucepan with water until it covers the oil/petals.

Keep the pan on a low heat for 2 to 6 hours (depends on how strong you want the infusion).

Do not let the water simmer; the jar should get warm but not hot.

I heated mine for 4 hours as I wanted a relatively strong infusion.


Once you’re satisfied with your infusion pour the oil/petals through a muslin cloth.

Squeeze the cloth to get all the oil out.

Then pour into the jar you want the oil to harden in.


This cream is amazing for any redness, inflammation, pimples, rashes, ouchies, and especially amazing on cracked lips. I love love LOVE the smell of this cream and keep it next to my bed for easy access.

You can use this cream on it’s own or add it to other products I mix it with my bee balm to make my botty balm.


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19 thoughts on “Calendula coconut cream

  1. June 1, 2012 at 3:11 am

    So did you use dried calendula flower petals. I have been looking for a calendula essential oil and can only find it online as a co2 extract. I have read some controvercy with the co2 extraction method. I do have the calendula petals, so I think I am going to try your recipe. Thank you.

    1. March 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Hello I did use dried petals. As the point is to extract your own.Good luck Mx

  2. Anonymous
    June 10, 2012 at 6:34 am

    could this be done in a slow cooker?

    1. July 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      I haven’t done it in a slow cooker but I hear this is possible and works really well. Mx

  3. February 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    calendula is one of the main components in my favorite nursing cream – definitely will give this a try!

  4. Anonymous
    February 7, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Hi, just wondering if its dried or fresh calendula?

    1. July 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Hello I use dried but fresh would work just as well. Mx

  5. July 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Lovely recipe, thanks for sharing! My daughters and i collected calendula for soap making earlier this year and we’ve still got some left sio will definitely give this a go. I bet it would also be gorgeous whipped into a body butter!

    1. July 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Sounds wonderful I think it would be amazing in a body butter. Great idea! Let me know how you go. Mx

  6. Jodie
    March 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    HI, I’m just starting to make this, I’m using Calendula Tea, as that is all I could find. But the 100g of oil is coming nowhere near to covering 30g of the tea in the jar!! The tea has flower buds in it as well, if I put more oil in, is this just going to be a waste of time?? I’m actually planning on making your botty balm… cheers.

    1. March 1, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Hello Jodie, I would just add more oil to cover the petals. It just means you’ll have a bigger batch or halve the petal quantity. good luck. The botty balm is lovely. Must make another batch myself Mx

      1. Jodie
        March 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm

        Thanks Madeleine, all done and dusted! 2 jars of Botty Balm plus some Calendula Coconut Cream left over. This is my first attempt at making anything like this, so I am really looking forward to seeing how it goes.

        1. March 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm

          Fantastic good for you. I normally have some calendula cream leftover so you can use this for your batch next time or just use it on it’s own. Welcome to the world of make your own. You’ll love it Mx

          1. Cindy
            May 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

            Hello Madeleine.

            I am going to try this for my PD on my face and was wondering what the bitty butter is. Is that a body butter and do you have the recipe for it. I would love to make both at the same time. Thank you for your recipes, information and advice!

            1. May 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

              Hi, I’m not sure what bitty butter is or where you saw this. Sorry. I do use this recipe to make a botty balm which I guess you could use as a body butter? Here is the link I hope this is what you mean. If not please come back and let me know Mx

              1. Cindy
                May 11, 2014 at 2:02 am

                Yes the botty butter is what I meant, sorry. Sometimes the auto spellcheck is useless, :). Thanks and happy Mother’s Day!

  7. Becki
    May 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I used this recipe today and put the jar in the crock pot on low for about 8 hours. It was easy to strain the petals from the oil using a funnel with a brown paper coffee filter in it. I put it in old makeup and cram jars that I have been saving. This was very fun and I am so pleased, thank you!

  8. Victoria Duncan
    October 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Hi, I had the same problem another poster had with the oil not coming close to covering the flower petals. When you say 30g, do you mean by weight or, for instance, would you measure this out in tablespoons? (2 TBSP = 30 g). Because 30g of calendula petals is actually a large amount by weight, since it is very light. Please clarify.