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Happy Healing Calendula

I love to garden.  I love to dig in the dirt and feel connected to the ground.  It’s a very healing activity for me, mentally, physically, and spiritually.  I enjoy tending to the plants, picking arrangements of pretty flowers, and simply sitting outside surrounded by it all.  What makes me love it even more is how much plants give back to us.  Not just with the beauty they provide, but with the amazing health and healing benefits that they offer to us.

3Girls Holistic offers wonderful skin care products, but we’re also passionate about educating and spreading the knowledge of the power of plants.  Over the past year, blogging has taken a back seat because we’ve been busy with so many other things, but today marks the first in an on-going series of plant studies.  We hope you’ll keep coming back, and if you haven’t already, learn to love and feel confident using plants as a part of your regular health routine.

I can’t say that I have a favorite plant, so I’m going to start with what’s blooming in my yard.  First up is Calendula (Calendula officinalis).  The happy, cheery plant that simply brings a bit of sunshine wherever she grows.

Calendula_officinalis_1aHer uses are valuable as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, lymphagogue, choleretic, demulcent, vulnerary, and antitumor.  However, she has made her name most famous and is renowned for her use as a topical first aid treatment for wounds, burns, and rashes.   She helps with healing by promoting cell repair and acting as an antiseptic, preventing infection from occurring.  She can also be used internally for gastrointestinal problems and fevers, however she should not be taken internally during pregnancy due to emmenagogue and abortifacient effects.  For external use, blend her into a slave, or create an alcohol tincture.  For internal use, brew into an infusion and drink as needed.




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