How to use Calendula to naturally treat eczema,acne and other skin conditions.
Calendula is a wonderful alternative and natural treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including: eczema, acne, cuts and scrapes, or even insect bites. In fact, just about any condition which results in dry, itchy, patchy, red, cracked or inflamed skin will benefit from a cream or lotion made with calendula.
Calendula: Natural Treatment For Ezcema, Acne, Wounds & More
Better known as the “Marigold,” Calendula is a beautiful flower in various shades of red, orange and yellow. This bright and decorative plant is often found in flowerbeds, as borders in landscaping, and used in decorative pots of assorted flowers. Comprised of some 15-20 species, this plant is indigenous to many locations throughout the world.
The name Marigold, originally derived from the early Catholic Church traditions and the name “Mary’s Gold.” Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the plant was used to add color and for decorating, and for cosmetics in Hindu cultures. For thousands of years, the calendula has been used medicinally for promoting the healing of wounds, and to treat a variety of skin conditions including: cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns,and other minor skin infections.
What makes Calendula flowers effective for healing?
Calendula flowers have natural anti-bacterial and immunostimulator properties. Immuncostimulants stimulate the immune system by either inducing activation or by increasing the activity of any of its components. Research also indicates that Calendula is a potent anti-inflammatory and possesses some anti-viral and antigen-toxic properties, which promote healing. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties Calendula is also credited for relieving the aches and pains in muscles and joints caused by arthritis.
Calendula also contains the following:
Oleanane-type triterpene glycosides
How to use Calendula
There are many ways you can use Calendula You can apply the CO2 essential oil directly to your skin, or you can add it into a lotion or moisturizer your currently use. Keep in mind, there are also many easy-to-make DIY Bath and Body recipes that you can follow for making your own natural bath and body products. This will enable you to avoid any harmful preservatives, artificial dyes or colors, or other man-made chemicals that may irritate your skin.
Choose recipes for healing creams/salves, lotions, lotion bars, facial toners, soaps and more. When making homemade soap-liquid or bar, you can add not only Calendula oil, but also dried organic Calendula flowers. Calendula is also edible, so get creative, add a few drops of the essential oil to your salad dressing, or mix a few drops in a mayo-based recipe such as chicken or tuna salad.
While Calendula will not heal eczema or other skin diseases; however, it is an effective and natural treatment for managing your symptoms.