Calendula has been
used to cleanse wounds and promote healing since ancient times. The
flowers contain constituents that kill bacteria, viruses, and moulds,
and others that are powerfully anti-inflammatory.
Still more constituents promote cell growth in wounds and ulcers. It has great value in either salve or diluted tincture form for any kind of external skin, muscle or blood vessel problems--wounds, sores, varicose veins, pulled muscles, boils, bruises, sprains, athlete's foot, burns, frostbites, etc.
When there are the symptoms of lymph congestion such as swollen glands, heavy rings under the eyes, poor healing from wounds or chronic infections and fatigue then one of the greatest herbs to work with in this area can be Calendula (as well as Red Clover & Cleavers).
You can apply locally to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation) and to treat poorly healing wounds and leg ulcers. Or apply to the skin (used topically) for nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and inflammation of the rectum.
Calendula has excellent antimicrobial activity against fungi and bacteria, so can be very helpful for yeast infections.
Calendula contains astringents such as tannins that are used topically on the skin for treatment of acne. Calendula tincture reduces inflammation and prevents further spread of the infection over the skin. It also promotes rapid healing of the skin.
You can apply directly on the skin to treat acne or impetigo (school sores); simply add a few drops of the tincture to any kind of neutral skin cream you use every day just before applying to your face, or you can add a few drops of tincture to every application of face wash.
As a mouthwash for infected gums and other mouth problems, you can dilute a few drops of tincture in a glass of water and use as a mouth rinse or gargle for sore, inflamed throat and gums.
Calendula tincture can be added to bath water or a hair rinse to help itching or irritated scalp and skin conditions.
Tinctures are a liquid extract made by steeping fresh organic herbs in alcohol. Tinctures are the most concentrated form of herbal medicine and if taking internally (consult a herbalist) are best taken under the tongue where they directly enter the blood stream. They are very strong and may be taken diluted in water, juice or tea.
As a general rule, dilute in water to the ratio of 2.5 ml of tincture to 1/2 cup of water.
Ingredients: organically grown Calendula flowers, steeped in Kerikeri-made pure alcohol & vegetable glycerin.