Calendula is an annual plant that thrives in almost any soil. The flower petals of the calendula plant have been used for centuries for a wide variety of medicinal purposes. This medicinal plant blooms from early spring until frost & is easy to harvest.
What does calendula do?
— Reduces inflammation
— Prevents blood from clotting too much
— Has positive effects on blood sugar levels
— Helps fight cancer
— Protects the brain
Calendula’s many uses
Calendula has a high amount of flavonoids & antioxidants that help fight inflammation, viruses, & bacteria. Traditionally, calendula has been used to treat stomach issues, ulcers & menstrual cramps. These little yellow flowers have been shown to help wounds heal faster & increase the blood flow & oxygen to the affected area to create new tissue. Using calendula on the skin may also improve skin hydration & firmness.
Today, calendula often is used to treat burns, bruises & cuts, as well as minor infections. It has been studied to prevent dermatitis & skin inflammation for those with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy.
Calendula is not often recommended to be taken by mouth, but instead to be used topically. You can make calendula oil by infusing the flowers with carrier oils to create a cream or salve. Learn How to Make Calendula Infused Oil to add this wonderful medicine to your at-home apothecary!
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