No, this is not just a pretty flower I picked from my garden. It is Calendula officinalis, or the humble marigold. In the garden its bright and summery and pretty, but on your skin, it is a mircle healer.
Eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis (with which I myself suffer), are some of the most common skin conditions in the world, and their incidence is rising. Around 5-10% of the Australian population suffer from atopic dermatits and psoriasis (Syd Uni). Not only do these conditions have cosmetic implications, they have also been linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity and higher morbidity. Common treatments include corticosteroids and coal tar (byproduct of coal processing). Here’s what the medical profession themselves say about these treatments:
“In animal studies, coal tar has been shown to increase the chance of skin cancer.” (www.drugs.com)
So let’s not beat around the bush here. These treatments are NOT a good option for overall health. Enter….the miraculous healer: CALENDULA.
- Well known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Rich in beta-carotene, flavinoids and courmarin, amongst other amazing microelements
- Soothes, calms and heals
- Scientifically proven to be effective in treating radiation dermatitis in cancer patients
- In ancient cultures, in the American Civil War, and in World War 1, the flowers were applied to cuts and wounds to stop bleeding, prevent infection and speed healing