Calendula for Healing Skin Problems
Calendula officinalis (or pot marigolds) are beautiful yellow flowers that pack a great healing ability. Calendula has many benefits for both internal and topical use but today we will focus on some of the external benefits of Calendula.
Calendula for Healing
“Calendula flower is a powerful vulnerary, healing wounds by promoting cell repair and growth.” Medicinal Herbs – A Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar.
Calendula is useful for a broad variety of different skin ailments. It’s frequently used in salves and balms for it’s anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Calendula is safe for sensitive skin and safe for use on babies.
According to the Green Pharmacy – Calendula stimulates white blood cells to gobble up harmful microbes and helps speed up wound healing – making it an ideal item for your home first aid kit.
Calendula can be beneficial to:
– Dry Skin
– Athletes Foot
– Diaper Rash
– Cradle Cap
– Muscle Spasms
.. and more.
Calendula can be prepared as a tincture with brandy or vodka and then be used for cleansing cuts and wounds.
Calendula Healing Balm
1 cup Coconut oil, or Olive Oil
1/3 cup Dried Calendula Flowers
4 Tbsp Beeswax Pellets
2 Tbsp Shea Butter
A few drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Calendula infused oil can be prepared a few ways – I’ve infused olive oil with calendula flowers in glass jars for a month at a time – or done a faster infusion where I heat coconut oil at a low temperature with the calendula flowers in it. Crockpots are great for this, or a pot on the stove over very low heat. Once your oil is infused with the calendula flowers you want to use cheesecloth to strain out all of the little flower pieces.
In a pot combine the Calendula oil with grated beeswax (I use beeswax pastilles) and Shea Butter and melt over very low heat continually stirring. Once the beeswax and shea butter have melted remove from heat and put in some drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
Makes about three 4 ounce sized containers.
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