Calendula has a special place of importance in a herbal first-aid kit.
It is anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and being an astringent herb helps to seal and protect wounds. Used in an infusion or made into a cream it helps with any skin inflammation, bruises, cuts, scalds and insect bites. When making a cream use only the petals to get a beautiful deep orange colour.
Calendula also performs a valuable role in managing of chronic or slow healing skin conditions such as varicose veins, ulcers, eczema and acne.
Calendula is used to prevent muscle spasms, start menstrual periods, and reduce fever. It is also used for treating sore throats and mouth, menstrual cramps, cancer and stomach and duodenal ulcers. It also ease indigestion.
Calendula is the first herb of choice whenever there is a problem with candida (thrush), whether oral or vaginal. It discourages and eventually drives out infection, as well as toning and cleansing the tissues so that candida can no longer easily gain a foothold. If the condition is chronic you may need to keep taking Calendula for some months, and likely for some time after symptoms disappear to ensure the infection is completely eradicated. Use with Thymus, Commiphora molmol (myrrh) or Melaleuca (ti-tree) to enhance its effects.
Calendula has a high content of flavournoids, chemicals that act as anti-oxidants in the body. Anti-oxidants are thought to protect body cells from damage caused by a chemical process called oxidation. Oxidation produces oxygen free radicals, natural chemicals that may suppress immune function, which may lead to more serious conditions such as cancers.
Botanical Name: Calendula Officinalis
Actions: Calendula stimulates healing of the skin. It is antiseptic-healing herb and can also be used as an astringent and anti-fungal. It is an anti-oxidant and also stimulates bile production to ease digestion.
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