How To – Soothing Skin Spray with Calendula Tincture


A while back, I did a couple of posts about how to make, strain and bottle your own tinctures. It's fun, easy, relatively inexpensive, and quite rewarding! Tinctures offer a world of different uses. Extra bonus: you simply can't avoid getting to know more about your herbs and their properties when you start making tinctures.

Fair warning: making tinctures is fun, educational, and a little addictive.

Today I'm going to show you how super easy it is to make a soothing skin spray with calendula tincture.

Straining

This calendula (Pot Marigold) tincture has been infusing for 8 weeks and is being strained through a double layer of unbleached coffee filters here, but cheesecloth or cotton jersey is just as effective for straining.






Calendula's Uses
Calendula tincture can help reduce inflammation and soothe irritated skin. It is also said to be useful for treating acne and sores. Dabbing spots with a tincture-soaked cotton bud is the recommended method for targeted application. (if you struggle with acne and decide to try this, I'd love to hear your feedback on whether or not it works for you).

Now, without further ado, let's make a soothing spray!


Soothing Calendula Spray
This mixture is great as a face toner (spritz on face after washing). It can also be misted over skin to soothe rash or bug bites, minor scrapes and cuts. My fave use of it at the moment is as a primer for my crystal deodorant stone (generously wet the crystal before applying).

NOTE: This recipe is preservative-free and should therefore be used within 2-3 days of making. For a longer lasting product, you must add add a preservative. 

39 ml (1.3 fl oz) demineralised water
20 ml (0.7 fluid oz) aloe vera juice
1 ml (20 drops) calendula tincture


Pour the ingredients into a bottle with a spritzer/spray top, cap and shake well. Voilá - your calendula spray is ready for use.

Comments

linda dimery said…
Hi Lisa I Just found an old post on Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder. Do you like it and use it in youre products? Love you're blog Linda
Lise M Andersen said…
HI Linda
Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I do use the konjac glucomannan powder in a few of my products but am phasing it out as I can only access it with one supplier at the moment and I'm always wary of being dependant on a single supplier for ingredients.
:)
Rikke said…
Hi Lise. Have you tried to make tincture out of lavender flowers? I did in my early years of making my own products. I newer found a way of keeping the color purple. It turs Brown in a few minuts. I were trying to ad antioxidant (crushed vitamin c pills) but with no effect.

Kh Rikke
Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Rikke - Yes, I use the dried lavender buds, and the color is a lovely deep purple. I even let it sit for 3 weeks to extract as much as possible. I did too - the buds were almost colorless when I strained them. Were you using alcohol or vinegar?
Rikke said…
I used Vodka :-)
Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Rikke - The only thing I can think that would make a difference in the colour is the amount of plant material to liquid.. maybe yours was more concentrated than mine?