Calendula flower is also known as English garden marigold, calendula Officinalis, or pot marigold. According to WebMD, an online publisher providing health information regarding human wellbeing, marigold is beneficial in healing wounds while being widely used for infections, rashes, and skin care. Calendula flower also consists of various compounds, making it a great ingredient for ointments, creams and balms.
It could be a friend needing a super mild soap after having radiation treatments or a rose-loving relative for her wedding morning bath. It could be a far-from-home friend or family member longing for Adirondack mountain air tinted with balsam and cedar. I’ve also created new soaps at various times in my life for a friend’s teenager with acne who is in need of a tea tree oil facial soap and another friend with eczema who needs an unscented soap to calm their sensitive skin. There have been fungal infections, sunburns, itchy scalps, and even the dreaded baby bottom diaper rash to contend with during my decades-long vocation as a mother, friend, soap designer, and seller.
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Today is a very special day that marks the beginning of an herbal soap I’ve been wanting to make for a long time! Today I plant the resina calendula flowers that will eventually be incorporated into my first grandchild’s soap! I also tended the long row of resina calendula plants (sometimes referred to as pot marigold/calendula flowers) that my Amish friend, Anna started in her green house in late April. These will blossom into beautiful resinous orange and yellow flowers within a couple of months. This will be the beginning of my efforts to create “My Jamie’s Bottom Soap,” a calendula flower soap made with love.
Making natural and organic soap products is a labor of love. I will tend calendula flowers with great love, and as I do so, I will be thinking of how amazing the it will be to welcome a grandson at the end of August. His American name has already been chosen, and it will be “Jamie,” a Scottish version of “James.” It is a name shared by a great grandfather and a great uncle who have long passed. Jamie will be born in the beautiful city of Shanghai, China, to my younger son Clark, who is of Nordic descent, and his wife Yen, who is of Han Chinese descent.
Let the calendula flowers grow! Let my love grow! Jamie is my love and inspiration. I imagine Jamie’s skin will be flawless like his mother’s and not sensitive to the sun like his father’s. His eyes will be green, his hair will be black, and he will become very tall someday.
For starters, he will be very small with big eyes and a round bottom. I’ve been looking at a lot of babies lately. It is definitely not hard to get into the mood of becoming a grandmother! Stay tuned for the next steps, including a detailed recipe, as these amazing calendula flowers bloom and grow, just like little Jaime!
The focus of my proactive work will be Jamie’s little round bottom and all the dangers of yeast diaper rash that could befall it! Our time in this world is filled with things that we like and things that we do not like. So…. let’s do everything we can to make our world a more beautiful, happy, and comfortable place for new little people who come to inhabit the earth now and in the future. Let’s make it our collective goal to make the good things bigger, and the not-so-good things like diaper rash disappear. Back to Table of Content
The calendula flower harvest was completed in mid-July, and the flowers were left to dry in a warm, airy space on the top of my barn. The weather cooperated perfectly! After a week, I gathered up the dried flowers and put them in a gallon glass jug while covering the calendula flowers with organic olive oil. I was very proud of my timing! Little Jamie was still not due to be born until late August. There was still plenty of time to infuse the flowers in the olive oil and plenty of warm sun left to leave my golden gallon under the care there of.
But then there was a big surprise! Little Jamie was born three weeks early, on August 5, 2021. He had a bit of a struggle at first, but now he is a 3-month-old with lots of smiles to share with everyone! Fortunately, he hasn’t needed his marigold protective balm yet… because I just made it this week, and it will be a couple weeks before Jamie’s first package from his Grammy in the Adirondacks arrives at his Shanghai home.
Every now and then, there is a special person or a special event in my life (or a special person with a special event in their life) that inspires me to create a new formula for a handmade artisan soap bar, flavor, candle, or fragrance. These will help mark the occasion and show you what the Adirondack region of Northern New York has to offer for you, our beloved customers.
Wanting to protect your loved ones from a certain skin condition? Looking for gift ideas besides store or holiday gift cards? Don’t forget some of our perfect gift-giving products for your friends, family, and loved ones! If you, your friends, or family are welcoming a newborn in the upcoming future, “My Jamie’s Bottom Soap,” a nature marigold soap made from calendula flowers for skin care, will be a thoughtful gift for both him or her.