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Calendula

(Calendula officinalis)

Description 

The petals are the parts of this plant which possess the medicinal properties. They can be used as a tea, ointment or for internal use but only under the professional supervision. 

When used externally, this is one of the best herbs for treating burns, scalds, cuts abrasions, and infections because of it’s antiseptic qualities.  It should be used anytime there is a cut or open skin, burns or scalds.  This herb can heal wounds very quickly, sometimes the next day, and the associated symptoms will be lessened. The fluid inside blisters appear to reduce remarkably. 

How It May Benefit You

Take internally under the professional supervision for: 

  • indigestion

  • gastric and duodenal ulcers

  • gall bladder problems

  • irregular or painful menstruation. 

Apply externally for: 

  • cuts, wounds, sores, burns, skin rashes from measles, chickenpox, and other eruptive skin diseases

  • diaper rash

  • athlete's foot and other fungal infections. 

Caution

Always get the professional recommendation of a qualified herbalist before taking this herb internally.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Calendula is available in several forms for both internal and external use.  You can buy lotions, ointments, oils, tinctures, and fresh or dried leaves.  The leaves can be soaked and then used as a colour treatment for hair.

Apply ointment immediately to wounds and cover with a dressing. Do this everyday for at least 3 - 4 days. You can also apply to varicose veins in the same way without the dressing.