Calendula - a Truly Powerful Medicinal Herb in Skincare

One of the medicinal herbs present in all of RUNE's formulas is calendula. It is the one herb that I always keep in my garden. It is greatly known for skin conditions and for being so versatile. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), it’s partnered with honeysuckle to treat eczema and other skin inflammations. Although topical application is the most common, herb-infused baths is an effective healing method too, especially for babies.

Calendula is so powerful in healing the skin that we almost forget about other equally powerful characteristics of this amazing plant.

I've recently read an article written by my school about the calendula flower being the Western substitute for a Chinese herb: safflower (Hong Hua), when used internally for invigorating the blood. This is absolutely exciting information, though not so surprising considering its great performance in healing the skin. Blood invigorating herbs are often added to formulas to treat skin problems.

"Calendula flower (Calendula officinalis; Asteraceae) has a neutral energy, is slightly acrid and bitter, and enters the Liver, Heart, and Lungs. It has emmenagogue, diaphoretic, alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and astringent properties. " - East West School of Planetary Herbology.

"In today’s commercialized herbal world, calendula is mainly known for granulating flesh and healing all sorts of skin complaints such as inflammations, dermatitis, cuts, bruises, diaper rash, sore nipples, strains, lesions, minor burns, herpes sores, eczema, boils, itching, insect stings, shingles, erysipelas, lacerated perineum, and slow-healing wounds and ulcers. It is also known to promote the ripening and completion of eruptive skin diseases such as measles. For these it is used as a poultice, lotion, compress, or mouthwash, although its fresh succus (juice) may be topically applied as well and its oil can be directly inserted into the ear for earaches. " - East West School of Planetary Herbology.

For skin care, calendula can be utilized in a multitude different ways. Calendula hydrosol (flower distillate water) makes a great soothing and tightening toner to prepare the skin for the rest of any skincare routine. Calendula oil infusion can be made into a balm and an ointment to treat skin problems, such as rashes. Other types of more concentrated extracts, such as Calendula CO2 extract, can be added into skincare products to help calm down the skin while imparting essential healing power.

Calendula is especially meaningful in anti-aging skincare because in addition to calming things down it also regulates Qi and Blood, so in the long run, aging skin can be properly nourished and revitalized.

The information in this article is for education purposes only. Please consult a doctor or practitioner for advice on skin disease.


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