***Please note that if you are pregnant do not use Calendula during pregnancy, it is a healing medicine to use during your postpartum.***
Calendula officinalis is a dear friend of mine, she is known as a garden marigold and is used in many Mama Maiz products due to this flowers wonderful skin healing properties. Her medicinal properties work wonders for irritated skin, this could be in the from of a bug bite, chapped skin, diaper rashes, sore nipples for breastfeeding mamas, minor burns including sunburns, infections, and the little ones in my family have seen it work magic for eczema. Sana sana colita de rana is my most popular salve for skin conditions and I will say because of the benefits Calendula brings into this salve blend, promoting healing and reducing inflammation.
This bright flower has astringent, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Her medicine is gentle enough to use on newborn skin, fresh and dry Calendula is one of the main ingredients in my Babies 1st Bath blend. This blend provides a gentle earth centered wash without any harsh chemicals. You can gather flowers from your garden and soak them in warm water to release her loving sent and magic. You may add this onto a washcloth or straight into your bath, both baby and mama may soak to help heal the body after the journey of birth.
You may use this healing flower to calm the skin, use as a wash, herbal bath, compress, facial steam for acne, bajos (abdominal steam, this may be helpful for yeast infections), tea or water extraction, in slaves and my favorite as an oil. Once you have Calendula in your garden you may gather her flowers, allow them to dry and the place into an oil base ( I prefer to use jojoba oil or olive oil).
As a gargle to assist with relieving sores in the mouth and to ease throat irritations. Taken internally as a tea will calm inflammation and gastrointestinal problems protecting the lining of the intestines and stomach. Drinking this tea daily may assist with healing the body, protecting the liver from long term damage. Sipping on a cup of Calendula tea after eating can assist with preventing heartburn and assisting the digestive system.
Calendula medicine & your moon cycle~
Calendula is in Mama Maiz Comadre tea, this healing flower was added to assist with discomforts that we may experience during our periods like abdominal cramping, headache and nausea while cooling and calming the body. With rest, nutrient rich foods and tea we can assist and connect with our bodies during this sacred time. You may also use Calendula as a compress and place the warm preparation onto the abdominal area while lightly massaging.
If you were to grow this beautiful flower in your garden you will not only see the presence of our pollinators but you will see that it also repels garden pest like aphids and tomato hormworms just to name a few. Calendula is easy to grow and once you have her presence in the garden she will stay with very little love and care, in a sense she will take care of you.
If you are considering growing Calendula in the garden and fear you don’t have a green thumb, no worries it has been in my experience and of many others an easy plant to care for. Wait for the spring, Calendula seeds do not do well in the heat. Place into the soil 1/4″ deep and make sure to water regularly. Soon after you will see this…. a nice clutter of plants off to the right even at this state you can see the energy and love, it is quite a pleasure to watch grow!!
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