Calendula, or French Marigold, is a common herbal remedy used in skin preparations; and it’s also known for the ability to brighten your skin and protect it from blemishes when used as a wash.
Calendula or French Marigolds should never be confused with African Marigolds or Single Marigolds, which are not necessarily medicinal.
Preparing Calendula as an infused oil for skin, used directly or as a salve, or made as a tea and cooled before using as a wash, has traditionally been used to treat conditions like fever, nosebleeds, varicose veins, muscle spasms and hemorrhoids
It is generally considered safe and can be used in teas, tinctures, creams, salves and poultices/compresses. But please avoid this if you are pregnant or nursing, unless under a health providers care.
It’s also a simple soap substitute.
It’s also used as a culinary coloring agent. For instance, a calendula rinse will color Easter eggs, tint rice and mayonnaise an attractive yellow. It was sometimes called “poor man’s saffron.”
When harvesting my Calendula, I snip off the entire flower head, and dry it in a dehydrator. Whole dried flowers retain much of their color, too, and look attractive in potpourri, soaps, or decorative candles.
Calendula has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is used as an immunostimulant (to jump start the immune system); it is extremely useful in treating slow-healing cuts and cuts in people who have compromised immune systems and to fight the minor infections they cause.
Please keep in mind this thought though, while herbs ought to be our first line of defense, it still makes sense to speak with your Doctor or healthcare provider before using them if you are a novice, unsure, or your best treatments aren’t working. Use common sense, and always listen to your inner voice.
- stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites and minimizes scarring.
- Gargling calendula water may ease sore throat
- An often overlooked application of this herb is the treatment of post-mastectomy lymphedema. The herb will not reduce swelling, but it will reduce pain.
- Calendula has also been shown to help prevent dermatitis or skin inflammation in breast cancer patients during radiation therapy.
And let’s not forget how it soothes dry skin, being an excellent moisturizer. I love it
under my makeup (yes, olive oil and all; it is readily absorbed by the skin and is non greasy when rubbed in), and try using it on your dry lips, it may become your favorite “go-to” for your lips! It’s so helpful if you have eczema as well!
In a salve it’s great for Diaper Rash and Insect Bites.
As a decoction, or cooled tea, it’s a perfect application for sunburn, and athletes foot. Keep some on hand during the hot months of summer! It’s one of the easiest herbs to grow, and beautiful to look at, and a great source for the herbal first aid kit in your home!
Infused Calendula Salve
• 4 oz Infused Calendula Oil
• 1/2 oz Organic Beeswax
• Vitamin E Oil
• 5-10 drops Essential Oil (If desired).
• Small containers (usually 1-2 oz size)
Yield 4 oz. Salve
How did yours turn out? Let me know!
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