Calendula: Why I grow, use and can't live without it. February 10 2015, 0 Comments
If you've followed us or used any of our products, you can probably tell that I love Calendula. It is one of my favorite herbs that I use the most in my day to day life and in the products I make for Puro Co. I thought that it's important to share as much information about this amazing herb as I can. Below you'll find some reasons why it's an essential herb for everyone trying to lead a natural lifestyle.
It's easy to grow
It's safe for almost everyone
Beyond its visual appeal and garden benefits, it's a great herb to add to your herbal medicine chest. The flower heads can be picked when fully dried and used in many herbal preparations around the home. It is a very gentle herb with very few contraindication which make it ideal for use on almost any member of the family, even pets in some situations. The most common negative interaction with this plant is an allergic reaction. As a member of the daisy family or Asteraceae it should be avoided by any individual with a suspected allergy to this group of flowers.
It's effective for many day to day concerns
One of the most legendary uses for calendula through out history is for its anti inflammatory properties. Calendula has been used medically dating back to the times of the ancient Romans for its ability to stimulate wound healing. It has effectively been used in helping to reduce pain and inflammation in topical wounds, surgical wound, and skin irritations. It has also been used in many herbal preparation to help reduce the inflammation associated with ear infections, thus helping to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics. Due to the gentleness of this herb you will often see it used in baby care items such as diaper creams, cradle cap treatments and rash ointments.
It's easy to incorporate into a natural lifestyle
The possibilities of incorporating this amazing herb into a natural lifestyle are endless. At Puro Co. we add it into numerous products like our Sweet Orange and Calendula Soap and Tea Tree and Neem Soap which are both great for sensitive skin. We also make an Infused Calendula Salve that can be used for dry, cracked and damaged skin. It's a great addition to your diaper bag or to carry in your purse for specific skin conditions like eczema, scraps, cuts and rashes or just when you need an intensive moisturizer for dry winter skin. It will also be one of the featured ingredients in our newest shave oil that will be released soon on our website.
If you're new to using herbs or looking for a safe way to start incorporating herbal remedies into your life, calendula is a great place to start! Coming soon we will talk about an easy way to make a calendula infused oil that you can use at home. Feel free to leave a comment or contact us directly with any questions.