Calendula flowers seem to have their own internal light. When winter descends, the veggie garden takes on tones of dark greens and purples, I love to see these cheery flowers shining through. They are an easy to grow essential herbal medicine. They also have the added benefit of attracting bees and other beneficial insects to my garden all year round.
A stash of calendula is an absolute must to have on hand for making concoctions to treat minor wounds, burns and bacterial infections. I am going to share with you just how easy they are to prepare and use.
Calendula Water Infusion
- Tea – calendula tea has been drunk for centuries to aid in the healing of inflammation and ulceration of the gastrointestinal tract. Check with your healthcare practitioner before drinking calendula infusion on a regular basis.
- Mouthwash and Gargle– aids in the healing of gingivitis, ulceration, thrush and other minor infections of the mouth and throat. Also useful for tonsillitis and pharyngitis. You can swish a cooled infusion of calendula around the mouth, making sure it is being pushed through the teeth, gargle and then spit out or swallow.
- Eye infections – for minor eye infections you can soak a cotton ball in cooled calendula infusion (strained through a very fine doubled cloth or doubled over clean nut milk bag) and apply liberally around your eye with your eyelid shut. You will need to make a fresh infusion every day and do not double dip with the cotton ball to prevent cross infection.
Calendula and Lavender Healing Balm
- Over a medium heat add the beeswax and oil to a double boiler (see note). The beeswax will slowly dissolve into the oil. Stir with a whisk to combine.
- When the beeswax is almost dissolved remove from heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes, but not so long as for the balm to harden. Add the honey and essential oil and stir again.
- Pour into a small jug with a fine spout. You can also use a syringe if you prefer.
- Fill the jars. You will need to work quickly as the balm will harden. Between pours stir the balm to ensure the honey does not settle in the bottom of the jug.
- Note: If you do not have a double boiler simply pop a stainless steel or heatproof glass mixing bowl over a saucepan filled to a quarter with water and brought to a simmer. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.