Calendula (more commonly known as ‘marigolds’, and belonging to the daisy family) is an astringent, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial.
It can be used to treat:
- All manner of skin conditions ~ including inflamed skin, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, nappy rash, bed sores, sunburn, minor burns.
- Eye irritations ~ including allergies, pink-eye, dry or itchy eyes.
- Oral health issues ~ including the bacteria that causes gingivitis and cavities, and also,
- Cold-sores, chilblains, varicose and spider veins, leg ulcers, menstrual problems, and sluggish liver.
It can be applied externally as a cream, oil, lotion or compress; or taken internally as a tincture, tea, or the fresh petals can be sprinkled over meals (giving you not just the health benefits, but the added bonus of turning your meal into a visual delight).
Two superb calendula remedies you can make at home are ~ calendula oil and calendula tea. They are simple, safe, and you will have fun playing the herbal alchemist.
All you need is organic olive oil and organic, dried(2) calendula flowers.