- Why Use Herbs?
- Choosing and Using Natural Remedies
- Ten Essential Herbs
- Lemon Balm
- St. John's Wort
Excerpt from page 10-11 - Calendula
Calendula in the Garden
Also known as pot marigold, calendula is an easy-to-grow, long-blooming annual. A sun-loving plant, it is said that one can predict the weather by its blossoms; If they do not open in the early morning, it is a forecast for rain. The plant usually grows 6 to 18 inches (15-45cm) tall and blooms from June through October. Some of the newer varieties have stronger stems, growing to 30 inches (75 cm), and make lovely cut flowers. The centers of the flowers differ, some are light and others dark, which creates a beautiful contrast in the garden.
With antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and immune-stimulating properties, calendula is perfectly designed for soothing and healing the skin. It is primarily used in external preparations for myriad skin conditions. Calendula soothes cuts, bruises, diaper rash, eczema, hemorrhoids, burns, and other mild or chronic conditions. Germany's Commission E recommends calendula to speed wound healing and treat skin inflammations.
Some herbalists also recommend calendula in mouthwashes to treat sores and gingivitis. Calendula tea or tincture can be used for heartburn relief and as part of ulcer treatment because of its ability to lower stomach acid levels.
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