Calendula is a lovely healing herb. It is particularly effective for the treatment of skin problems. It is anti-inflammatory, healing & antifungal. External preparations (see recipe below) are useful in eczema, wounds, minor burns & scalds, nappy rash & fungal skin conditions. Taken internally, as a tea or tincture, Calendula has been used traditionally as an immune & lymphatic tonic.

Calendula infused oil
Use about 75g of dried marigold petals, or 100g fresh petals per 300ml olive oil (the oil should just cover the petals).
Place the oil and petals in a double boiler or bain marie with a tightly fitting lid over a pan of gently boiling water.
Allow to infuse on a low heat for 2 hours making sure the water does not boil away. Stir every half hour or so and check the progress of your oil.
Strain and bottle or repeat the process if you desire a stronger, double infused oil. Label and date the bottles. Apply oil externally to skin or add the oil to a base cream (see above for uses).

Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold)

Julie Padgham, Medical Herbalist & Reflexologist.  Calendula officinalis. Photo: By H Zell (own work) via Wikimedia Commons.

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