Calendula (Geinde ka phool)
Calendula has a healing action on the skin and can be used in a variety of infusions, tinctures, liquid extracts, creams or ointments. It has rejuvenating properties and is often incorporated into moistures, sun , hair and baby care products. Its popularity- especially for sensitive and dry skins- is due to quickly soothe irritated skin and repair skin tissue.
What is it good for?
Conditions and soothe skin: Along with potent natural resins and volatile oils, Calendula oil is bursting with antioxidants that help to fight inflammation. Herbalists combine Calendula, comfrey, Echinacea and St. John’s wort to make an all-purpose skin salve.
Repairs and Protects Skin: Calendula oil or cream is a good choice for healing cuts and skin ulcers and soothing dermatitis. It is mildly antiseptic so also helps to prevent infection. Hypercal cream, which is a staple of most natural first aid kits, is a mixture of hypericum(St. John’s wart) and Calendula. Calendula ointment is also good remedy for perineal tears after childbirth. You can also apply Calendula oil or cream after sun exposure to keep skin in good condition.
Teeth and Gum care: Toothpaste with Calendula extract can significantly reduce plaque, gingivitis and bleeding gums. Use a Calendula infusion or tincture as a mouthwash or gargle.
Foot care: Calendula oil is a traditional remedy for bunions, verrucae and foot ulcers. Modern studies show that combined with a protective dressing, a cream made from a variant of Calendula, Tagetes patula(French Marigold), reduces the size and pain of bunions. The flowers of this variety should never be consumed.