I'm surprised you don't have anything about calendula on your site. When I came to Switzerland, my MIL taught me how to make calendula oil and salve for my skin. We use it primarily as lip balm, and to moisturize and protect our skin. It is great for healing (closed) wounds, scratches and scrapes, insect bites, burns, and stretch marks. It protects face and hands in cold weather, minimizes scars, and is effective against neurodermititis.
I make the oil myself, from flowers grown in my garden, but I'm sure you can buy calendula oil easily. I fill a jar with dried petals, cover with extra virgin olive oil, and sit it in a sunny spot until it turns orange (4 to 7 days or so). In summer, I add hemp leaves, for an anti-itch formula for insect bites. For winter, I add a few caps of vitamin E. Afterwards, I strain it through old pantyhose ('cause I'm cheap like that), label with the ingredients and date, and store it in the cellar.
To make the salve from the oil, I warm up 250 dl (about a cup) of the oil in a heat-proof measuring cup set into a pan of water on the stove. I add 50 g (1. 75 oz) of natural beeswax and let it melt. Give it a little stir, and pour into small jars. (I recycle face cream jars and sample-size jelly jars. ) This amount will fill about 5 1-oz jars. I wait until they cool before putting the lids on to prevent condensation.
It is also possible to add other oils and/or scents, either as flowers during the oil-making process or as essential oil during the salve-making process. I like to add lavender to the hemp formula, because I don't like the smell of the hemp, and also because of lavender's antiseptic properties.
The salve will be good for about a year after you open it. When the color fades, it's time for a new batch.
Thanks for the good information Moonchild! I use Calendula cream which I bought here in Switzerland quite often, especially for cracked heels. It works very fast and the heels become so very soft..... I have also used it on my face, I love it! I have no idea whether it is a Swiss thing as I bought it in Germany while I was still living across the border in France. I had no idea it protected from the cold.
Yes, I use it on my heels too. Also, when my daughter was small, her face would get very chapped from the cold. So we started putting it on her face, and now we all use it when we go outdoors in winter (especially when skiing! ). Sometimes I also make the oil with lemon balm (citron mellise) and use it in the summer to keep away the mosquitos.
I have seen Ringelblumensalbe for sale in Switzerland, but it is very expensive! Much better to make my own.
Moonchild, I know this post is over a year old. My daughter recently went to the Caribbean and has been bitten terribly by mosquitos leaving many black marks. I will try the calendula oil on it. Is there something that someone can recommend that she should take internally to aid in the healing process? Her skin marks easily as does mine. Thanks! Love this site.
Dear K, For the mosquito bites... Turmeric really helps a lot. We have been plagued with all sorts of insect bites and it we take turmeric internally twice a day, the itching is less and they heal much faster. 1 t. or 4 capsules twice a day for an adult. Half that for a child. 1/4 that for a small child. Also, I find the consuming sugar seems to aggravate the bites.
Apple Cider Vinegar, topically, is also helpful to relieve the itch.
~Mama to Many~
K, I've had relief by wetting some clay (any kind) and shmearing it on the bites.
Externally, hemp vinegar* is the best thing for itching, calendula salve for healing. I really have no idea what one can take internally to help the skin, other than drinking lots of water.
*(Probably can't make this in the States, but I fill a jar with hemp leaves, cover with organic vinegar, and let it sit in my pantry for a month or two.)
I have a question on taking Bach Flower remedies. I ordered a bunch of bottles, and have preapred my "personal remedy" by putting 20ml of water in a small dropper bottle; adding two drops each of several Bach essenses that I thought were appropriate, and putting in about a teaspoon of brandy as presrvative.
Now, do I take four drops of this "personal remedy" straight on the tongue, or under the tongue, or do I put them in a cup of water and sip that water? I searched the healing herbs website and on google generally, but this part of the instructions were unclear to me.
I would also love to hear more about your continuing experiences with using Bach Flowers.
EC: Personal preference. People take them each way you have described.
Hi Angie. The flower remedies page was one of the first remedies I added to Earth Clinic oh so many years ago and have mostly forgotten about it (probably because no feedback comes in about them). I haven't personally used the flower remedies in a few years. However, I still believe they are phenomenal remedies that can affect one's crown energy very quickly. Some people do not feel any effect from the flower remedies while others really resonate to them. Those that are energetically sensitive typically feel the effects right away. It's good to experiment between brands. I found the Healing Herbs brand the most potent, but a friend of mine swears by the Nelson Bach brand. Another friend of mine had an allergic reaction to both top brands of flower remedies and decided that cactus remedies were the way to go.
Let us know how it goes with you!
I was introduced to flower remedies about 20 years ago by acupuncturist who used "applied kinesiology" aka muscle testing. As bogus as it sounds, I think the testing works and the flower remedies helped the issues at the time.
I have tried self diagnosis recently and it is very easy to think that one needs almost every remedy! Try to find someone experienced in the remedies and perhaps someone that uses the applied kinesiology if you want to pinpoint the correct remedy.
BTW, I am looking for someone in the Houston area that has experience diagnosing/treating with flower remedies.
2 questions on Bach flower remedy use:
Does it always have to be in plain water, or can you add it to any liquid?
And, can you use multiple types in the same dosage, or does that take away from it being effective?
I would really like to drum up some good discussion on these on EC, as there is minimal information on here about them. The bottles say use it daily 4 times a day, however on some reviews people have said they just use them occasionally and use one "serving" throughout the whole day and still got results. I've got larch, sweet chestnut, willow and gentian. Any feedback on these would be great.
Menstrual Cycle Issues
Walnut which is a Bach Flower remedy has invariably worked for any menstrual cycle related problem - from PMT, period pains, menopause. I have recommended it (sometimes along with other BFR) for any number of girls and women. It has not let them down even once. Please let more people know about this. Shaila
I bought just one Bach remedy at a local health food store about a year ago mostly out of curiosity. The result was amazing because I didn't really notice this drastic change but instead after a few days I suddenly realized that the problem I was having had not been bothering me anymore. I couldn't pinpoint exactly when the change took place, it was such a subtle thing. I felt like myself in every way, except I was no longer experiencing the problem I had been bothered with. I began reading and studying different remedies and buying them one buy one in order of whichever one I felt I needed most at that time. Then I started giving them to my children. They are so subtle and yet so powerful that I can't say enough good about them. I think I have almost every remedy now and our family uses them regularly according to specific needs as they change from time to time. My children swear by them. They have been incredible for everything from self esteem to ADD to mood swings and so on. I believe that the simplest answers are almost always the right answers and that truth is given in plainness. This is about the simplest thing anyone could do for themselves- putting a few drops of a remedy in water and drinking it, but the quiet changes they bring about are powerful and effective. I love these remedies.
(Powell River, B.c. Canada)
Yes, I very much agree with you.. The changes are so subtle.. Its like a gentle 'lifting'. I started to use them for quite an urgent state I was in, and have noticed a shift in my spirits and mentality towards the event. Definately brings peace and clarity :)
Which remedy is it pls, I am tearing my hair out.