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Calendula Flowers

Calendula has many therapeutic properties. It is healing and anti-inflammatory both externally and internally. Externally is heals local skin problems such as wounds, bruises, strains, inflammations, minor burns and scalds. Internally it can be used for gastric inflammation such as gastric and duodenal ulcers. It helps to normalize gall-bladder function, so if there are general complaints of indigestion, this may help. It can help fight infection, especially fungal infections. It also affects the menstrual cycle, helping to normalize a long cycle and reduce pain.

The petals and flowerheads can be collected between June and September.

It can be drunk as a tea (infusion) - pour a cup of boiling water onto l-2 teaspoonsful of the florets and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

It is available as a homeopathic cream or gel for external use, and can be used on cuts, bruises, diaper rash, burns and scalds.

Calendula is also available as a tincture.