If you're ever in need of a herbal remedy to treat skin or wounds, think of calendula . This lovely flower has a long history of use as a healing and soothing organic skin care product. In fact, homeopathic herbalists refer to it as the "mother of the skin", and once you learn about its versatility, it's easy to see why.
Calendula oil is a potent antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial agent. It contains high levels of antioxidants as well as a compound called triterpenoid, which work together to treat skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, acne, diaper rash, or dryness. Along with moisturising and soothing dry and irritated skin, calendula oil also speeds up the healing process.
It is a skincare superstar: it heals burns, cuts, scars and insect bites, and it is often used to reduce swelling and bruising.
This oil has anti-fungal properties, making it a great treatment for things like ringworm and athletes foot, as well as viral infections.
Though calendula is usually applied topically (in a cream or oil form), the tea also has health benefits. Because it's slightly bitter, it stimulates the liver and soothes indigestion.
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