Uses: Traditionally used to soothe burns and promote healing,
especially of the skin. During the Civil War, battlefield doctors
used an infusion of the flowers to treat open wounds.
A cooled tea applied
to a sunburn will cool the burn and it is very effective in healing
'road rash'. (Once the skin is healed, apply Vitamin E to minimize
scarring.) Calendula Tea helps to reduce the inflammation of acne.
Calendula ointments have
been used to treat bedsores, diaper rash, chapped skin and lips.
Also an aid to nursing mothers when used to treat cracked nipples.
We consider it to be
effective in the treatment of the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
Calendula petals placed in a heat-sealable tea bag make a convenient
poultice to apply to skin lesions as well as to make pre-measured
doses for hand and foot baths.
Calendula has been used
to reduce fever, ease pain from ulcers, and treat problems such
as stomach ulcers, cramps, gastritis, liver problems, colitis and
diarrhea. Used internally for difficult menstruation.
Calendula aids digestion
and is used as a healing mouthwash and gargle.