Calendula in Action/Calendula en Acción!

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The lovely flower, calendula (calendula officinalis) is a great skin herb.  I have used it many times, mostly for my kitties, Ofelia and Diego, to treat hot spots on their skin, and although like most herbal medicine it takes its time to work through repeated applications, it is a great healer.  A dear friend of mine was also recovering from chemo for skin cancer, and applying calendula to bring the skin back to life was very useful.

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I just made another batch of calendula oil to have on hand for when the kitties, friends and I need it.  According to Jude C. Todd in Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies, calendula, in addition to being great for the skin, also cleans out wounds and cuts and helps stop bleeding so it is a styptic.  Matthew Wood in The Book of Herbal Wisdom  Using Plants as Medicines writes that calendula was used in German folk medicine to treat glandular problems, and in England, the calendula flowers were picked and dried and thrown in soups in the winter to fight colds and fevers. He also writes that calendula is an important herbal medicine in homeopathy, and unlike arnica which  externally treats muscle bruises, calendula can also clean out wounds and cuts (don’t use arnica in cuts, or internally, unless they are a homeopathic tablets which you can take orally, which are at a very low dose, the hallmark of homeopathy).  Wood writes further, “Modern research shows that Calendula in material doses is not an antiseptic, but bacteriostatic.  That is to say, it does not kill bacteria, but contains them, keeps the wound clean and helps the body cure itself.” (p. 180)

That to me is one of the many great things about herbal medicine, it fortifies the body so it can heal itself.  Calendula officinalis’ latin name is important not for pretension purposes, but so you know that it is the real herbal medicine, because in capitalism there are lots of shysters who adulterate the plants and sell fake herbal medicine.  It also prevents what Wood calls, “unsightly scar tissue”.  It is also good for help clear out the lymphatic system where there is stagnation.

In addition, calendula is used in gardens to keep pests away, and particularly in the Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico and wherever the Mexican diaspora is, it plays a vivid and fragrant part.

Long live Calendula!

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La linda flor calendula, (calendula officinalis), es una hierba bakana para la piel.  La he usado muchas veces, más para mis gates, Ofelia y Diego, para tratar sitios calientes en la piel, y aunque como toda medicina herbal toma tiempo y trabajo repetido para que sirva, por medio de esto, es una sanadora buenísima.  Un cuate querido quien se estaba recuperando del cancer de la piel después de la quimoterapia, la encontro utíl para darle vida de nuevo a la piel.

Acabo de hacer otro bote de aceite de calendula para tener disponible para cuando les gates, amigxs y yo la necesitemos.  Jude C. Todd en Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies, escribe que calendula, además de ser buenísima para la piel, limpia heridas como cortes y parra el sangrear entonces es un estíptico.  Matthew Wood en The Book of Herbal Wisdom  Using Plants as Medicines escribe que calendula se usaba en la medicina popular alemana para tratar problemas de las glandulas y en Inglatierra, se recojían las flores, las secaban y las ponian en sopas durante el invierno para luchar contra la gripa y la fiebre.  Además, el escribe que calendula es una medicina herbal importante en homeopatía, y diferente de la arnica cual externamente trata golpes en los musculos, calendula puede limpiar heridas y cortes (no use arnica en cortes or de manera interna, solamente si son pildoras homeopáticas que se toman por la boca, que tienen dosis muy bajo).  Además, Wood escribe, “Investigaciones modernas demuestran que Calendula en dosis material no es antiseptico, pero bacteriostatico.  De hecho, no mata a la bacteria, sino la contiene, mantiene la herida limpia y le ayuda al cuerpo mismo sanarse.” (p. 180)

Eso para mi es una de las muchas cosas cheveres de la medicina herbal, que respalda al cuerpo para que se sane el mismo.  El nombre latin, Calendula officinalis es importante no de manera pretensiosa, pero para saber cual es la verdadera medicina herbal, porque en el capitalismo hay muchos ladrones quienes hacen chantajes y te venden algo que no es.  Además puede prevenir lo que Woods llama, “tejido feo de la cicatriz”.  Además, sirve para limpiar el sistema linfático, donde hay estancamiento.

Además, calendula se usa en jardines para quitar insectos dañinos y especificamente en las celebraciones del Dia de los Muertos y donde quiera este la diaspora mexicana, juega una papel vibrante y fragante.

¡Que viva La Calendula!

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