First In A Series – Calendula
I love the cheerful colors of Calendula flowers – it is popping up everywhere right now – it’s really easy to grow a beautiful addition to the home and stable garden. The medicinal parts are the flower heads and petals and they can be used fresh or dried. Calendula are prolific and it’s easy to collect the flowers and dry them to keep on hand when there isn’t any fresh to use. The species is Calendula officinalis not to be confused with the garden cultivar Marigold which is also one of the common names for Calendula!
NUMBER ONE HERBAL ANTISEPTIC
Calendula is the number one herbal antiseptic for topical use as a wash on cuts, scratches, wounds, burns, eye infections, itches and skin infections. It disinfects, cleanses, soothes, oxygenates, prevents infection, heals, encourages hair growth and prevents scar tissue promotes normal granulation in wounds while inhibiting proud flesh, so is efficacious in healing large wounds as well.
My Just-in-Case product Revitalise Calendula and Yarrow Formula is ideal to keep on hand to stop bleeding and disinfect all wounds. Yarrow helps to stop bleeding, used with pressure.
Calendula and Yarrow growing together in my garden
To make a wash add fresh or dried calendula flowers and/or petals to boiling water, allow to cool, strain and apply to the affected area using a syringe or spray bottle. A handful to 1 litre of water, let it steep for 5 minutes, strain and put the spent flowers in the feed. This wash will last for a day or two if kept in the fridge in summer, but it’s best to apply at room temperature, especially if using as an eye wash.
The therapeutic actions of Calendula are antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, astringent, tissue and nerve restorative and vulnerary.
My esteemed teacher Dorothy Hall noted “.. it replaces iodine tincture and those proprietary antiseptics which can be harsh to the skin and even harsher to the eyes.” Fresh or dried Calendula flowers or petals prepared as explained above have all the same uses for humans as they do for horses so you can share, what a bonus.
Just some of the array of constituents in Calendula are carotene, flavonoids, mucilage, saponins, polysaccharides, and essential oils.
My best selling Artisan Skin Balm contains Calendula infused oil, Hypericum infused oil, beeswax, Garlic essential oil and one secret ingredient.
This balm is ideal to apply after using the Calendula wash on all cuts, scratches, wounds, skin infections, burns and bites.
Victoria Ferguson Dip.Herb.Med. 20 June 2020