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.
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.
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.
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.
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