Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 5, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Calendula – this lovely plant always reminds me of the sun when I look at it, with its bright, cheerful orange and yellow flowers. It’s also one of the easiest plants to grow, and one of the most versatile. It’s a veritable medicine chest in itself!
Best known as a remedy for skin problems, the flower petals can be used for making a healing salve to apply externally to cuts, wounds, and burns. It can also be taken internally as a tea or tincture to help speed healing of wounds, and for detoxification support. Calendula is a great antifungal; the cooled tea can be used as an effective douche for vaginal yeast infections.
Calendula is also lovely as a massage oil – infuse the freshly dried petals into almond or apricot kernel oil and let them sit for a few weeks to extract out their healing properties. Add your own favorite essential oils and ~ voila!
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan