PART 2. THE HERBS
You’ll love this soothing option for a wide range of medicinal uses. It makes a tasty healing tea for gastrointestinal or digestive issues, a brilliant first aid wash for wounds, an excellent healing balm for irritated or injured skin, a fabulously nourishing moisturizer, and a luscious all-natural soap. While it’s commercially available as whole herb, infused oil, and tincture, it’s also super easy to grow.
Did You Know?
Calendula can raise your A game at the dinner table. These amazing edible flowers brighten salads, soups, pastas, stews, omelets, and more with gourmet attitude, thanks to their brilliant yellow-orange shade. Their gorgeous blooms mask one of their best features: their heartiness. These flowers can withstand early frost and snow, while blooming year-round in temperate climates. For DIYers, this means calendula doesn’t need your green thumb, it can take care of itself!
Why It’s Essential
Thanks to a powerhouse roundup of active ingredients including bitters, volatile oils, resins, flavonoids, saponins, carotenoids, and mucilage, it’s the go-to skin fixer for nearly all issues from dehydration to more serious concerns. Its non-toxicity makes it ideal for treating babies as well, making it a go-to diaper rash cream. The herb is ualso valued for its effectiveness as an antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. If that’s not enough, try it as an aromatherapy tool to keep skin youthful, radiant and flawless.
MEDICINAL: Heals infections, bruises, sores, wounds, rashes, and other skin irritations and eruptions; reduces fever; treats ulcers, cramps, indigestion, and diarrhea; detoxes lymphatic systems and treats swollen glands, decongests lungs, and energizes; supports heart, liver, gall bladder, and uterus.
COSMETIC: Soothes irritation, hydrates aging skin, tightens and firms sagginess.
•Add to a poultice or salve
•Drink as a tea
•Use in a face cream or as a cleanser
None documented; it’s completely nontoxic
Locating & Growing
Plant in fall in your garden to bloom in early spring. Loves full sunshine, fertile soil, and occasional water but grows like a weed even if neglected.
A CLOSER LOOK
CALENDULA FIGHTS TO ERASE SCARS
A natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it makes sense that calendula helps prevent, treat, and heal acne. But what about acne scars? Add a few drops of essential oil directly on the affected skin (or in your skin cream) and allow a few weeks for the redness and scarring to minimize as collagen production is stimulated.