The first uses that I found were to make tea out of the flowers. That idea doesn't appeal to me, right now anyway. I may experiment with it in the future. I also came this link for making a salve and an another for making calendula extract. The salve can be made at a later time with the extract so I chose the extract method. Luckily I have vodka on hand. I don't normally, however, I had purchased it to make vanilla extract and hadn't gotten around to starting it yet. With all the canning I have been doing lately, other projects are being put on hold.
|Place flowers in a glass jar. Making sure there are no bugs on them.|
|Smash flowers to compact them.|
|Pour enough vodka to cover the flowers.|
I had to add more vodka as the flowers expanded a little when it was added. Place in front of a window where it can receive light for one month. Turn and shake the jar every once in awhile. The directions indicate after a month you can strain off the liquid and the extract is ready to use. It indicates the extract will keep for a long time. I will keep you updated on the process. Now to find a sunny location!