Calendula 2008 Herb of the year
I take my dried petals, (1/2 cup) place in a mason jar, and cover with 6 ounces olive oil. Place a cap on top and be sure to keep the petals covered with the oil. Allow to sit in a warm window for at least a week. (If you are in a hurry, you can put in a crock pot on low heat overnight.)
Strain out the flowers and add to the compost pile. This makes an infused oil.
To make the salve, warm the calendula infused olive oil, add 1 oz melted beeswax and pour into small jars or tins. Allow to harden overnight.
Rub over chapped hands and lips as often as necessary. I also find that calendula salve is good as a cuticle cream.