Striking Gold: The Many Healing Properties of Calendula
By: Guest: Elise Miller ~
Meet an ancient yet trending herb: Calendula. This little golden magical herb is filled with mighty strength. It can treat the harshest skin conditions as well as aid in digestion, sore muscles, respiratory issues, menstrual cramping and more. Calendula is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial with major healing properties. Grown year round and made in many different forms such as oils, tinctures, flowers, lotions and teas, calendula is often suggested by naturopaths to treat numerous ailments, both topically and internally. Not to mention, calendula can make any food look beautiful with its rich, golden-colored florets. Let’s take a deeper look on why we have nothing but love for calendula.
One of the most common uses of calendula is for various skin conditions such as eczema, wounds, rashes, acne, scars, stretch marks, ring worm, chapped lips, sunburns, gum inflammation, infections, varicose veins, nosebleeds, bug bites and stings, psoriasis and burns. If you suffer from any of the above, try Bodyceuticals award-winning Calendula Bioactive Salve or Calendula Salve & Honey twice daily, both morning and night, especially after a shower, to lock in the moisture. Both of these salves will work wonders on your skin and can improve skin condition in as little as two weeks. If you prefer an easy to use pump bottle, try out the OG Organic Calendula Oil. If you want to go the extra mile, spray a couple spritzes of the Aloe Skin Soothing Spray and/or the Coconut Aloe Body + Hair Oil on top of the salve. Whatever skin condition you may be experiencing; calendula is your new best friend when it comes to a holistic treatment.
Calendula can also help menstruation, sore muscles, respiratory and digestive issues. For the ladies, skip the Advil and gently rub Organic Calendula Oil on your belly to soothe cramps. According to Today.com, 81% of women said that this gentle massage can help ease up the pain within 20 minutes! You can also do this massage method for sore muscles anywhere on your body. A soak in a Calendula Tea bath can help relieve discomfort from hemorrhoids, yeast infections and other swelling conditions. For respiratory and digestions issues, even if you just have a common sore throat, you can take calendula internally via tea or tincture to soothe you. Drinking or applying calendula tea directly can also be used to help with UTI’s, mouth inflammation, insect bites, menstrual cramps, diaper rashes, fever, itchy scalp, flea bites and hot spots on your pup and acne.
Because the florets of the calendula herb are edible and beautiful, feel free to add Whole Organic Calendula Florets to salads, soups, healthy bowls, DIY ice cubes, infused olive oil, honey, butter and cocktails/mocktails. Bodyceuticals sells Whole Calendula Florets in small batches at the end of the season, depending on availability. The golden glow and bright taste of these florets will leave a lasting impression on any guest. Check out this delicious and gorgeous salad from Uncooking 101.
To view even more benefits of Calendula and how to treat specific conditions, head on over to The Free Range Life.