Posts tagged ‘Calendula’

November 25, 2012

DIY Calendula Infused Oil

I always use dried herbs for making herbal infused oils. Using fresh herbs may ruin the oil because of the water-soluble content, especially in demulcent herbs like plantain. Oil and water don’t mix and may result in slimy spoiled oil. Use good quality carrier oil of your choice along with good quality herbs. Many people use olive oil but I prefer peach kernel and apricot kernel oil. Make sure the oil covers all the herbs to avoid spoilage.

Fill up a mason jar 1/3 the way with dried herb and pour in the oil to cover the herbs.

Screw the lid on and place in a sunny window for about 2 weeks.

Strain the herbs out of the oil and use for skin care.

Make a salve or balm or use the oil straight for healing skin quenching action.

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November 22, 2012

Calendula

The common name for Calendula is marigold or more specifically pot marigold because there are so many varieties. Calendula is the Latin name. This cheery sunny annual flower is easy to grow from seed and I plant it every year, but sometimes if you are lucky they will seed themselves. Calendula is like Echinacea it clears toxic heat, inflammation while reducing infection internally and externally. It is one of the best first aid remedies for injuries and burns. Many preparations made from Calendula like swabs, compresses, gargles, creams, salves, infusions and tinctures are easy to use and very healing.

Common Name  Calendula/ Pot Marigold petals
Latin Name  Calendula officinalis
Family Asteraceae
Parts Used Annual easily grows from seeds- flower petals picked Summer/ Fall
Target Organs Skin, lymphatic, cardiovascular, reproductive,  immune, digestion, liver/ gallbladder
Common Uses Skin: wounds, bruises, strains, infections, ulcers, skin infections, ulcers, inflammationLymphatic: ear infections, congested lymph

Digestion: indigestion,

Female reproductive: balancing, pain,

Immune vascular tonic

Allergies, infections, detoxify, fever, skin conditions, inflammation

Properties Antiallergenic, antibacterial, anti-catarrhal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory(local, systemic) antineoplastic, anti-protozoa, anti-rheumatic, aperient, appetite stimulant, anti-ulcerogenic,  antiviral, astringent, detoxicant, decongestant, depurative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, immune stimulant, lymphatic, nervine, relaxant, tranquilizer, uterine tonic, vascular tonic, neural, peripheral vasodilator, vulnerary
Constituents Essential Oil-(alcohol, terpene lactones)triterpenoid saponins, flavonoids(quercetin, kaempferol, isorhamnetin) carotenoids( carotene, calendulin, lycopin) bitters, phytosterols, resin, mucilage, polysaccharides, trace minerals, potassium chloride, palmitic/malic/salicylic acid mucilage,
Cautions Mild remedy: Avoid internal use during pregnancy it is a uterine stimulant
Dosage Tincture: 2-4ml                Tea: 8-14g 1-2 tsp
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