Calendula has long been used in ancient healing remedies for fevers, cuts, burns and skin infections. Steeped in a tea or added to salads, the petals are also said to help detoxify the liver and brighten the skin.
In Ancient times, Calendula was also used to color food, fabrics, cosmetics and even cheese.
Now, science has confirmed that Calendula is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and can help to rebuild collagen to aid in wound healing.
Applying a topical calendula cream to the skin can reduce inflammation, speed wound healing, soothe eczema, redness and can help fight minor skin infections including diaper rash and cradle cap.
To reap the benefits of this magical orange flower simply dry the petals and buds and use as a tea or add the fresh flowers to a salad or even make your own herbal oil for topical use.
To do this, all you need to do is place clean, organic calendula flowers that have been dried for at least two weeks in a dry glass jar. Alternatively, you can purchase dried calendula flowers and just use those.
Pour organic almond oil over until the flowers are covered by at least 1 inch. Close the lid and gently shake together.
After 4 weeks, strain the oil and place into a air-tight glass jar and store in a cool dry place.
This oil can be consumed and used to heal minor skin irritations, inflammation, dry skin and can be incorporated into lotions and creams.