Recently I was reading a book about this doctor who somehow traveled back in time to the 1700's. In the book during her time travel in the 1700's she was always healing people with her knowledge of using all kinds of plants. I was fascinated by the myriad of ailments that she could cure simply by using common herbs. I am a big believer in herbs that heal and found this recipe for Calendula (pot marigold) in the Whole Foods Market magazine. I made it and love it so I wanted to pass it on to all of you to enjoy!
Calendula (pot marigold) is an annual flower with yellow or orange flowers that are edible and can be tossed in salads (never knew this but may try it). It does kind of feel weird for me to eat flowers but hey you never know. I'm open to new experiences. Pot marigold is extremely easy to grow (thank goodness because I have a knack for not being the best gardener-to say the least) and can be bought as seeds or as young nursery plants. It likes lots of sun and well-drained soil, but will tolerate quite rough conditions and still bloom all summer and fall until the first hard frost hits.
Calendula (Pot Marigold) Salve Recipe
When the flowers are slightly past full bloom (where the petals are open and not curled) pull off each petal (like when you were a kid and did the he loves me, loves me not game by pulling off the flower petals and the last petal revealed the answer) and drop them into a small jar of good olive oil (I use extra virgin olive oil). Keep it in the jar for two weeks , then open the jar and blot up the layer of water that has risen to the top with a paper towel. Pour the oil into a pan and add about a third as much beeswax (you can purchase beeswax online by googling-"where to buy beeswax"). Warm, stirring occasionally, over low heat until the beeswax has melted into the oil. Pour the mixture into a small jar and let cool. If it is a bit runny when it cools, reheat it and add a little more beeswax.
**Irritated and dry skin
**Cuts and burns-The German Commission E (considered the world authority on herbal remedies) approved Calendula for healing cuts and burns.
Calendula salve was more effective than steroid cream in reducing skin toxicity, a dry itchy, painful skin inflammation in breast cancer patients, reported the Journal ofClinical Oncology in 2004.
This salve seems to be helping with my daughter's eczema and dry skin which is a relief because I do not like using the steroid creams on her that the doctor prescribed. If you have any of the above symptoms, why not give this salve a try!