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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2008-05-16

Chapped Lips, Dry Skin, Cuts, Burns-Try This Natural Calendula (Marigold) Recipe-Easy And Works

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.

Soothes

**Chapped Lips
**Scratched Hands
**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.
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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!

13 comments:

Mcneri said...
Marigold: Good old Marigold. You did not tell us whether the book is fiction an if this is all wishful for us to have high hopes. The last time I checked, humans could not time-travel (only in movies). What is the name of the book?Is it on Amazon?
I will try this for my dry skin.Thanks for sharing. This suddenly reminded me of Aloe Vera.
john b said...
We ave been growing Marigold's for years. I have heard of eating them, although never tried it! We use them as an insect deterrent. This use looks very interesting, I will give it a try. Thanks!
Da Old Man said...
Most, if not all, medicines come from nature. I've used many plants and herbs to cure different diseases and conditions.
Loraleigh Vance said...
Great advice. I love using herbs as opposed to store-bought solutions.
Thanks for the great tips.
Red said...
Great information! Thanks for the advice and for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comment.
Sleeping Beauty said...
very interesting. I may have to try it. Thanks for sharing this.
Sandpiper said...
That's sounds really good! I love marigolds. Now I can 'wear' them, too. ;-)
Sandpiper said...
Oh, I just noticed the pictures of you and your kids on the side panel! Sooooooooo cute!
I enjoy your blog...great posts...
I use creams, oils, antibiotics and salves made from all natural products and they work far better than any store bought product I've ever used. It all started with a salve for psoriasis cream...I've never had a cream from a traditional doctor that actually worked for me...

Cheers...
Regular Guy said...
My little one has eczema and my older daughter has extremely dry skin... I'm going to give this a try... Thanks :-)
Nancy Ellyn said...
love your blog, gorgeous!
Pentad said...
Great tip! This was a new one for me. I know a lot of Nurses walking around with sore hands as a result of continuous handwashing. I'll pass this tip on!
Karen ^..^ said...
Do you strain out the marigold petals before heating the oil?

I am definitely going to try this, and recommend it to my friends who suffer from Psoriasis and eczema.

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