Herbal Ingredients for Calendula Cream and their Medicinal Applications

Calendula_officinalisCalendula, Calendula officinalis

Calendula has a phytochemical, (a chemical found naturally within the plant) which causes granulation of the cell walls, and more. The flowers have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, soothing, anti-fungal and healing effects. Ointments with calendula are indicated for the treatment of infections, inflammation and skin lesions for varicose ulcers and slow-healing wounds. The phytochemicals in calendula make it a particularly good treatment for cuts, scrapes, bruises, and minor wounds.

Calendula was attributed many fantastic virtues by the older herbalists. The salve, preferably cooked in goats lard, was used for burns, bruises and sunburns as it is today (minus the goats).

Some ways to use calendula:

  • Fresh calendula petals can also be infused in boiling water and used to treat minor infections, conjunctivitis, and mouth sores.
  • Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent face wash for dry, irritated skin and acne.
  • Take the sting out of insect bites and rashes by applying the bruised, fresh flowers directly to irritated skin.
  • Calendula cleanses, stimulates circulation and improves the healing of wounds. The ointment brings swift relief in phlebitis, varicose ulcers, fistulas, frost bites and burns.
  • Treatment for serious skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Aloe_vera1Aloe, Aloe vera

  • Kills fungus and bacteria
  • Soothes skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites
  • Moisturizes and softens the skin
  • Speeds the healing of skin wounds, burns and other injuries
  • Relieves itching and swelling of irritated skin
  • Improves the effectiveness of sunscreen products

Berberis_aquifoliumOregon Grape root, Mahonia aquifolium

The Oregon Grape Root is used in numerous skin-related medicinal applications, as a holistic allopathic remedy. Berberis aquifolium, one of its primary constituents, contains berbamine, a substance that kills bacteria on contact and improves immune conditions.

The root of the Oregon grape treats conditions such as:

  • Psoriasis
  • Blepharitis
  • Eczema
  • Acne

Symphytum_officinaleComfrey, Symphytum officinale

Comfrey leaves are of much value as an external remedy and can be made into a fomentation or poultice. The whole plant, beaten to a cataplasm and applied hot as a poultice, has always been deemed excellent for soothing pain in any tender, inflamed or suppurating part.

Comfrey leaves can be used for the treatment of:

  • Sprains, swellings and bruises
  • Severe cuts, to promote suppuration of boils and abscesses
  • Gangrenous and ill-conditioned ulcers

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