One of my favorite ingredients is Calendula oil. I love to use Calendula oil in my all-natural and near-natural products. Post why? Because of its wonderful healing powers. It is one of the safest oils to use on skin that is inflamed, whether it is due to infection or physical damage. Talk about flower power! The Latin name of Calendula is Calendula officinalis, most individuals know it by its common name, Marigold. Other names are as follow:
Names: Marybud, Gold-bloom, Caltha officinalis.
Habitat: A common garden plant.
Collection: Between June and September either the whole flower tops or just the petals are collected. The petals and flower heads should be dried with great care to ensure there is no discoloration.
Part Used: Petals, flower heads.
Should you ever come across Calendula Essential Oil, walk away or better yet run Forest run! There is no such animal. Calendula is an infused oil. The following attributes are associated with Calendula oil:
1. It is anti-inflammatory, which means it not only reduces inflammation but prevents inflammation.
2. It is anti-spasmodic, prevents or reduces spasms
3. Lymphatic, like lymph fluid it aids the immune system in fighting infection
4. Astringent, meaning it contracts, binds, and / or draws together soft organic tissue
5. Vulnerary, means herbs or other remedies that are used to promote the healing of wounds.
6. Emmenagogue, it promotes menstrual discharge
7. Anti-microbial. Calendula fights infections on three levels, caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Now how cool is that!
I found on line that Finley Ellingwood MD in his book titled "Ellingwood's Therapeutist" recommends Calendula for the following pathologies: varicose veins, chronic ulcers, capillary engorgement, hepatic and splenic congestion, recent wounds and open sores, severe burns.
Hmmmmmmmm? Varicose veins? How many people suffer from this ailment? Combined with clary sage I bet it would work wonders. Well I truly believe there is hope for people who suffer from varicose veins. If anyone is interested in an infused oil of Calendula and Clary Sage you can find contact info at HSoapC.com or leave me a tweet or twitter on Herbalicious's Tweet page. I would love to get feedback from people who try this infusion. After all I do make my own infused oil of Calendula.
In researching Calendula I found that it is safe to use externally as well as internally. A recipe is this the I found on line at Http://www.thewellnessdoc.com/resources/herbs/Calendula.asp . I am just sharing this info. It is up to you to use your discretion on whether to drink the calendula infusion. If you are not sure I highly recommend going to ask your doctor.
Preparations & Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l-2 teaspoonfuls of the florets and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. External use as a lotion or ointment for cuts, bruises, diaper rash, sore nipples, burns and scalds.
Tincture, l-4 ml three times a day.
I personally have never drunk an infusion of Calendula. I would rather think it is a bitter herb somewhat like Cascara Sagrada. Now that herb is bitter. Would I drink it? If I had to, I believe I would. From all my research I found it to be a safe herb to drink. But with all herbs some people are allergic. Err on the side of caution. If some of you have drunk calendula for health reason please contact me. I would love to hear from you.