Calendula

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Calendual Resina  has  many uses, but first things first; I am not a Doctor nor do I or will I recommend any medicinal herbs for any ailments. Please use medicinal herbs at your own discretion. I am only interested in the herbs that we use here for our family on the farm. Please seek medical attention prior to using herbs.

Okay so now that we got that out of the way below is information on uses, parts used, harvest and preparation.

Parts Used:  Whole flowers (as mentioned before, be sure to use the entire flower head, including the green base, rather than the petals alone)

Medicinal Preparations: Tea, tincture, infused oil, salve, broth, compress, poultice, vaginal douches and suppositories, sitz baths

Tincture ratios and dosage: Fresh flowers 1:2 95%; dried flowers 1:6 70%. Both preparations 2–3 ml (⅖ to ⅗ teaspoon) three times a day

Infusion ratios and dosage: 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of the dried flowers infused in 1 cup (240 ml) of water three times a day; 3 to 12 grams of the dried flower a day by infusion

 

Herbal Actions:

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Lymphagogue

  • Vulnerary (promotes wound healing)

  • Antibacterial

  • Antifungal

  • Emmenagogue (stimulates menstrual flow)

  • Cholagogue (stimulates bile)

Medicinal Uses: Calendula aids in digestion and can help with GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Which is best taken as a tea. 

Topically calendula can be used for wounds, stinks, burns, rashes, scrapes, insect bites, swelling, acne among other things. 

I like to soak calendula in a light olive oil with plantain and jewel-weed; let it sit in the sun for a day and then turn it into an anti itch stick. The recipe is below.

Anti Itch Recipe:

1-2 bunches of jewelweed 

1 bunnch of plantain leaves 

5 fresh calendula flower heads 

2 tbsp of raw beeswax pellets

2-3 drops of peppermint extract (optional)

Gather all of the plant materials and rinse in cold water. Snap the jewelweed into small pieces and jam in a quart jar, pressing firmly with a wooden spoon add all of the jewelweed. add the plantain and calendula to the jar pressing to lightly to mix in. Top off with extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil. Place in a  sunny location for 1-2 days.

After the 24-48 hour steep strain off the juices in a measuring cup and measure out 1/2 a cup, and discard the plant material.

 

Working with just the 1/2 cup of juices bring them to a very light simmer it's important not to boil. Add the beeswax pellets to thicken the juices. You may need to add more beeswax  to get the consistency of a chap stick. When ready pull off the stove and add peppermint oil and stir to combine. 

To test the consistency dip the end of a spoon into the mixture and place in the freezer until cooled.

Pour your anti itch into a small Tupperware or chap stick tubes. We use the chap stick tubes this makes it easy to pop in a purse or to carry just about anywhere. 

Let cool, We label with the ingredients on a permanent sticker. 

We have used our anti itch tubes for 2 years with no problems. If you would like to extend the life you can add 1 tsp of vitamin E oil.

Flower

Looking for seeds? We buy from Baker creek heirloom seeds & West coast Seeds. I have linked below to the calendula resina.