About Crowning Calendula
Renowned by many herbalists as the single most important herb for the healing and health of the skin, this bright-eyed daisy is quite commendable. Used for a myriad of ailments, Calendula shines like the sun when it comes to reducing inflammation, healing slow-to-heal wounds, and promoting healthy, glowing skin!
Her sunny petals open to welcome the sun and she is cultivated in gardens around the world for medicine, food, or beauty. Be wary not to confuse her with garden Marigolds of the French, African or Mexican types (Tagetes species), as these do not have the same properties and cannot be taken internally.
Calendula was given her name by the Romans, who planted her for her ever-blooming flowers, believing that she could spread joy and happiness.
Shedding Some Light
In the folk-medicine tradition of Britain, Calendula was revered for preventing amputations due to infection, and hastening tissue healing. In fact, herbalist Dian Dincin Buchman has a personal account of using Calendula rinses to just that purpose- resulting in the patient's leg healing completely and the avoidance of an unwanted surgery!
Historically, it has been used to control infections, to speed healing and skin tissue growth, for the healing of ulcers both internally and externally, and as a digestive aid to stimulate the liver and kidneys. From an herbalist's perspective, this lovely flower's internal action can benefit the skin by stimulating sluggish organs when taken internally. When the organs are slow, the skin takes over the excess load, and blemishes and acne can result. Externally, Calendula is an excellent choice for any skin condition, and she can be applied topically to gently cleanse, moisturize and restore the skin. Let's take a closer look...
Calendula and Your Skin
For skin care, this herb can be used as a rinse, tincture, compress, poultice, balm, salve or cream! She moisturizes, protects, stimulates new skin growth and tissue healing, reduces inflammation, and soothes damaged and irritated skin. Used for things such as eczema, dry skin, chilblains, sunburns, abrasions, and inflammations of the skin, there is little that this lovely flower cannot do. Even added to the bath water, she works to moisturize and soften your skin! Her medicinal actions are thought to be due to essential oils and flavonoids, triterpene alcohols, and the monoester faradiol.
Lovingly referred to as "The Bride of the Sun", Calendula works tirelessly to quickly and effectively protect, nourish and replenish your skin. She is a must-have for any skin care routine!
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