Calendula, a beautiful flower, can be grown in your garden as a beneficial plant. It not only amazingly speeds the healing process of wounds and bruises, but it has many unusual healing benefits that cannot be denied. There are many reasons to grow calendula.
Calendula (calendula officinalis) is a genus species of herbaceous flowering plants. While the herbal uses the word calendula, they are typically referring to this specific species of calendula, which also refers to the common pot marigold. It remains a beautiful, edible flower which has many strong medicinal uses that actually work.
Reasons to Grow Calendula
Calendula contains many benefits, including healing properties and as a garden-beneficial.It is a home remedy that has many uses and my family can attest to its genuine effectiveness. I keep a calendula salve and tincture around the house for general household “emergencies” like cuts, scrapes, bruises and bug bites.
What does calendula do for you?
Calendula generally heals wounds, conjunctivitis, bruises, sunburns, sprains, gastritis, coughing, snake bites, and any skin ulceration. Add tincture to a 1/4 cup of carrier oil for a salve. Dip a cloth in calendula tea for a compress. Add a couple of tincture drops to a cotton ball for a scrap or cut or bruise. I personally use it for tons of things (most of them listed below) on myself and my family.
Add drops of calendula tincture to a cotton ball to treat wounds of just about any nature. Apply in the form of a salve on your children’s cuts, scrapes or bruises. They love the “magical” healing properties by the next morning. It really does speed up the healing process.
Heals burns and sunburns
Apply a calendula tea compress to burns of any sort for a cooling effect and to heal the burn.
Heals muscle strains and sprains
Apply a compress of Calendula tea to a sprain or strain along with your ice pack and speed the healing process.
Heals snake bites
Use a compress on snake bites, however if you fear that the bite is from a poisonous snake, seek medical assistance immediately.
Place a cool water compress from calendula tea on the blisters.
Heals canker sores
Dab a drop or two of calendula tincture on your canker sores before bed at night for quick relief.
Drink a cup of calendula tea to balance the acid in your stomach and relieve heartburn.
Heals eyestrain, pinkeye and sties
Place a warm compress of calendula tea on the affected eye before bedtime.
Heals insect bites and stings
Place a cool compress or a cotton ball with calendula tincture on insect bites for immediate and long term relief.
Drink several cups of calendula tea a day of you have bleeding ulcers, to reduce symptoms. Calendula assists in reducing bleeding.
Heals gum disease
Apply tincture to irritated gums to help heal gum disease.
How can calendula help you on your homestead?
I love, love, love calendula for my homestead. It is my go-to for healing all wounds on animals and can ward off insects in your garden. Here are ways you can use calendula.
To heal chicken wounds:
I have put straight calendula tincture on wounds from a dog attack and a prolapsed vent on one chicken. No complaints came from my hens and their wounds healed quickly and nicely.
To heal a goat wound:
I have a dumb goat. He literally pulled one of his horns off at the base. Don’t ask me. I went out to check on him, and he was bleeding on his head from the area when the horn was attached–completely unphased I might add. I dropped a few drops on the area and he healed nice and quickly. You can also give him a few stalks of calendula with the flowers to munch on.
To heal any animal wound
Just as I have experienced in my goat and chickens, calendula is an all-purpose herb that helps heal any sort of skin lesion or wound. I use the tincture and directly apply it to their wounds.
Yep. Calendula, otherwise known as marigolds, has edible flowers you can throw on to a salad. Not only can you achieve the health benefits of calendula by eating the flowers, but they also contain beta-carotene and anti-oxidants, so adding a few to your diet will prove beneficial.
What have you used calendula for?