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The healing power of Calendula


Quite possibly a miracle herb for the skin, calendula (Calendula officinalis) flowers have been used since the 12th century for medicinal and culinary uses. 


Calendula fights inflammation, bacteria, and viruses. The flowers are rich with flavonoids (plant-based anti-oxidants) that protect cells from being damage. Calendula stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks. Calendula prevents damage to and improves healing time for most any irritated skin tissue.  


Calendula is naturally rich in vitamin C, luteins, and beta-carotene. A 2010 study on mice indicates it may protect the skin from UV-induced oxidative stress (a destructive process linked to several skin diseases including accelerated aging of the skin). 


Salves and cremes are used to treat chapped or chafed skin, diaper rash, muscle aches, minor burns such as from the sun or radiation treatments, bacterial infections, eczema, athlete's foot, yeast infections, insect bites, stings and warts. Used as an eyewash, it helps alleviate conjunctivitis.

Calendula-infused olive oil naturally offers sun protection up to an SPF of 15.  

Did you know? During the Civil War and up through World War I, calendula flowers were used on battlefields in open wounds to slow bleeding and combat infection, as well as to dress wounds and speed healing.


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