Health & Beauty | 8 July 2015Naturally Soothe Inflammation & More With Calendula Flowers Share article facebook twitter google pinterest You may have seen the brilliant orange blossoms of calendula flowers before but never have known their strong medicinal properties. According to Healing Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide to Identifying, Foraging, and Using Medicinal Plants by Tina Sams, calendula is a gentle, nourishing plant full of powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Photo by Fair Winds Press Its benefits include reducing inflammation; killing viruses, microbes, fungi and pathogens; acting as an astringent, treating burns and skin issues; and reducing scars. Here are other ways Sams recommends using calendula as a natural remedy: Calendula Diaper Rash Salve Ingredients: ? cup (160 g) calendula-infused coconut oil 2 tablespoons (28 g) beeswax ¾ teaspoon zinc oxide powder Directions: Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so in order to infuse it with the calendula, low heat is required. It is also possible to warm it to liquefy, add the calendula, and leave it alone to infuse, but I’m never that patient. Infuse slowly for a few hours, and then strain very well so that there is no silt or grit. A coffee filter is slow, so it is the best method in this case. Add the beeswax to half of the oil and heat slowly to melt the wax. When the wax is melted, add the zinc oxide and the remaining half of the coconut oil. Beat with a whisk or mixer until it is completely blended and starting to cool. Pour into jars and allow to set up. If it sets up too quickly to finish pouring into jars, a little heat will loosen it up again. Apply liberally to the skin. Photo by Fair Winds Press Calendula Bath Tea Ingredients: ½ cup calendula ½ cup rose petals ¼ cup comfrey ¼ cup (20 g) oatmeal Directions: Mix together well. Store in an airtight container. Use approximately ¼ cup (20 g) per bath. Place the mixture inside a muslin bag or put it into the center of a washcloth and secure the corners with a rubber band. Heat 1 quart (1 L) of water to boiling, remove from the heat, and place the bath herbs in the water while running a bath. Pour the tea and the tea bag into the bath just before climbing in. The tea bag can be used as a wash-cloth on dry, itchy skin. Buy from an Online Retailer Ever wondered about the benefits of dandelion, chickweed, and elder? Healing Herbs is an essential reference for the beginning herbalist, featuring 20 common herbs, many of which are considered weeds, that can often be found in hedgerows, meadows, and wild places.Along with medicinal information, this book includes traditional folklore and fortifying recipes for each edible or medicinal plant, and plenty of easy-to-follow instructions to help fill a backyard herbalist’s medicine chest with remedies to keep the whole family happy and healthy.Healing Herbs is conveniently organized by plant, making it easier for the home herbalist to find, identify, and use healing plants from the backyard. Herbalist Tina Sams identifies the 20 most common and healthful herbs and over 100 natural remedies that are easy, inexpensive, and effective. This illustrated guide is fundamental for any nature-lover’s library. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.