Pot Marigold (calendula)

Calendula has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-genotoxic properties. It can be used as a tincture, infusion, oil, salve, tea, and the hydrosol water may be used as a facial toner or aftershave.

Calendula has many uses, and here are just a few.

Wound healing – Calendula flowers contain potent antioxidants. These antioxidants help heal wounds and treat burns on your skin. Spray calendula tea on a burn to help soothe it.

Baby diaper rash – Most diaper creams use calendula as one of its main ingredients. The herb is also used in making lotions and creams for treating minor skin conditions. It is gentle enough for baby.

Great in skincare – Aside from protecting the cells from free radicals, calendula also helps enhance protein and collagen metabolism, which is important in cell re-growth or the production of new cells.

Here is a DIY recipe for a calendula infusion

1 mason jar

calendula flowers (fresh or dried)

olive oil

Directions: Place calendula flowers in the mason jar, 1/3 full (if using dried) or 3/4 full if using fresh flowers. Fill the rest of the jar with olive oil and let the jar sit in the sun for 2 – – 4 weeks. Strain and use in salves, lip balms or simply place in a bottle and use straight.

Infuse in jojoba oil to use as a face oil.

herbal oils

Infusing herbs of chamomile and calendula

 

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