How Calendula Works:
Calendula has been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century, primarily as a topical application to boost the healing rate of wounds and prevent infection. When calendula is applied topically it increases the amount of oxygen and blood flow to the area, which in turn enables the body to grow new tissue faster, speeding up the healing process.
Benefits and How to use Calendula
- Skin dryness or chapping — Calendula oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin and for severely chapped or split skin. It helps soothe the area and reduce the pain.
- Inflammation - It works well on sprained muscles or bruises and its anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling from injury. Calendula oil also helps treat spider veins, varicose veins, leg ulcers and chilblains (a painful, itching swelling on the skin, typically on a hand or foot, caused by poor circulation in the skin when exposed to cold)
- Baby care - The oil helps relieve diaper rashes.
- Minor cuts and wounds - The antiseptic and antimicrobial action of the oil help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts, and also help relieve insect bites, acne and bed sores.
- Skin issues - Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin problems can be soothed using calendula oil when applied topically. Calendula oil's anti-fungal action is also great for helping treat athlete's foot and ringworm.
Calendula is considered to be a very safe herb, but herbal supplements should always been used with caution as they may interact with other herbs, supplements or medications. In particular, it may interact with sedative and antihypertensive (blood pressure) drugs. When in doubt, consult a health professional.
Calendula may cause a skin rash among people who are sensitive to plants in the aster family, such as daisies, chrysanthemums and ragweed.
Calendula is known to affect the menstrual cycle and should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Information provided by: https://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/calendula-oil.aspx
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