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Herbal Ointments, Balms, Lotions & Salves
CALENDULA OINTMENT RECIPES
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CALENDULA OINTMENT DESCRIPTION
Calendula Ointment is a natural skin remedy, prepared from the golden flowers of the Calendula plant, which has been used for medicinal purposes since the 16th century. To create the Calendula Ointment, an oil-based infusion is produced from the flower petals and then mixed with a base. Calendula essential oil has wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it has carotenoids, which can help to regenerate skin cells. As a result, Calendula ointment is useful for treating skin wounds such as cuts and scrapes, bruises, eczema and other skin inflammations, as well as frostbite. However, because of its oil content, it should not be used for burns. The therapeutic remedy is sold ready-made at natural-health stores or can be prepared at home. To use, apply a thin layer to affected areas of the skin several times a day.
Calendula Ointment has two principal effects on skin wounds. First, it acts as a natural antibiotic to kill germs, thereby cleansing the wound and helping to prevent infection. Second, it promotes blood-cell growth in regenerating skin tissue, speeding the healing process and helping to minimize the formation of scars.
Calendula ointment contains volatile constituents, yellow-orange carotenoids and other natural pigments, flavonoids, saponins, alcohols, enzymes and various organic acids. Depending on the manufacturer, store-bought products may contain additional substances.
Ask a natural-health store clerk about commercial Calendula preparations or read the information about the product if shopping online. Some are formulated in accordance with homeopathic methods. Choose an ointment made from high-quality, natural, organic ingredients that do not contain any preservatives.
CALENDULA OINTMENT & CREAM APPLICATIONS
Dab the margins of the wound with gauze that has been dipped in an antiseptic, such as alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2). Then apply the healing salve.
Cover large wounds with a gauze bandage, but always have smaller wounds uncovered.
Extra Tip To ensure a ready supply of fresh ointment, simply refrigerate small amounts of the olive-oil infusion - the oil in the ointment without the beeswax and cocoa butter - in covered containers. The oil will keep for more than a year.
HEALING OF WOUNDS
Calendula Ointment may help with:
- Cuts or abrasions that are already scabbed over, but have a light rose-colored border, indicating possible infection.
- Skin wounds that are superficially inflamed.
- Wounds that are discharging pus.
- Painful areas of the skin or lips that are dry, cracked and highly sensitive.
- Athlete's foot or other fungal skin infections.
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CALENDULA OINTMENT INGREDIENTS
Calendula is also known as- Calendula officinalis, pot marigold, Garden Marigold, Gold-Bloom, Holligold, Marigold, Marybud, Zergul. The Calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or every new moon. The term "marigold" refers to the Virgin Mary, and marigolds are used in Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary. The Calendula was originally used as food rather than as an herb. It adds flavor and color to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads. As recently as 70 years ago, American physicians used Calendula to treat amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections of the skin. Parts used are dried flowers to make creams, ointments, teas, tinctures, infusions, compresses and washes. There are no precautions or warnings concerning Calendula use.
Calendula creams and washes are still used to disinfect minor wounds and to treat infections of the skin. The antibacterial and immunostimulant properties of the plant make it extremely useful in treating slow-healing cuts and cuts in people who have compromised immune systems. The herb stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites and minimizes scarring. Gargling Calendula water may ease sore throat. An often overlooked application of this herb is the treatment of post-mastectomy lymphedema. The herb will not reduce swelling, but it will reduce pain.
Constituents: Calendulin, beta-carotene and other carotenoids, isoquercitrin, narcissin, rutin, amyrin, lupeol, sterols, and volatile oils. The flowers also contain complex polysaccharides with immunostimulant properties.
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BEESWAX AS AN EMULSIFIER
Pure, unrefined Beeswax has a golden color and the sweet smell of honey. It is used to thicken natural lotions, salves, lip balms and creams. It also acts as an emulsifier to help bind oils and water together.
Beeswax is produced by the (female) worker honeybees. The wax is secreted from wax glands on the underside of the bee's abdomen and is molded into six-sided cells which are filled with honey, then capped with more wax. When honey is harvested, the top layer of wax that covers the cells, or the cappings, must be removed from each hexagon-shaped cell. Just to put it into perspective, one pound of wax requires the bees to consume about ten pounds of honey! Beeswax works well in cosmetic products because of the "wax esthers" that exist in both beeswax and human skin and it is these compounds which help to bind and emulsify ointments, lipsticks and lotions. As a natural hydrating ingredient that increases essential moisture in skin, it is commonly found in hand and body creams that help retain natural skin moisture and in the relief of itching from sensitive skin. Beeswax has an irritation potential of zero, and a comedogenicity rating of 0 to 2, which means that when formulated and used correctly in cosmetic formulations, beeswax will not cause a problem or clog the pores, but brings a host of very positive attributes, such as general healing and softening, as an antiseptic, and an emollient to cosmetic products. In foaming cosmetics such as skin and body detergents, beeswax improves skin compatibility and reduces the aggressive properties of surfactants, while in shampoos and hair conditioners it improves the condition and the manageability of the hair. Even after processing, it still remains a biologically active product, retaining some anti-bacterial properties and also contains some vitamin A, which is necessary for normal cell development. In folk medicine beeswax was used as an anticeptic for wound healing and beeswax ear candles were used for ear wax removal. They are believed to be able to heal ear infection and improve hearing by removing the wax inside the ear.
Listed below are some of the many reasons Beeswax is used in cosmetics:
- It is easily incorporated in water and oil emulsions.
- It is an excellent emollient and support for moisturizers.
- It gives skin protective action of a non-occlusive type.
- It gives good body (consistency) to emulsions, oil and gels.
- It reinforces the action of detergents.
- It increases the protective action of sunscreens.
- Its elasticity and plasticity improve product efficacy by allowing thinner films.
- It provides greater permanence on skin and lip surfaces.
- It does not provoke allergic reactions.
- It is compatible with many cosmetic ingredients.
Beeswax is very frequently used in the following cosmetic applications:
- Cleansing creams.
- Cold creams and lotions.
- Emollient and barrier creams.
- Lipsticks - protective sticks in general.
- Nail creams.
- Sun protection products.
- Eye and face make up.
- Foundation creams.
The melting point for Beeswax is approximately 140 to 150°F. Beeswax should only be melted in an approved electric wax melter, crock pot, microwave oven, or double boiler. Do not melt beeswax in a pan directly on a stove under direct heat. Beeswax is mildly flammable and will start on fire if the wax comes in direct contact with a flame
People with bee allergies should not use beeswax as it could cause interactions.
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Olive Oil (Olea Europaea) is extracted by cold-pressing and is unrefined (extra virgin). Olive oil is by far the most universal oils used for a multitude of purposes including cosmetics, as a carrier oil, for hair care solutions, and in cooking. It has a rich, full bodied flavor with a strong aroma and is golden brown in color. Has a great conditioning effect in body care recipes and can be used in almost all applications because of its stable nature. The line of Olive oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is 100 percent pure cold pressed and extra virgin from the highest quality Tunisian Olives with no other oils added to it.
OLIVE CARRIER OIL
Olive Oil (Olea europaea) is certified organic, cold pressed extraction, unfined (Extra Virgin). Olive oil is by far the most universal oils used for a multitude of purposes including cosmetics, as a carrier oil, for hair care solutions, and in cooking. It has a rich, full bodied flavor with a strong aroma and is golden brown in color. Has a great conditioning effect in body care recipes and can be used in almost all applications because of its stable nature. The line of Olive oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is 100% pure cold pressed and extra virgin from the highest quality Olives from Spain with no other oils added to it.
The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.
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Cocoa Butter is an aromatic, solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao Tree (Theobroma Nucifera) and further processed to yield a warm color and delightful odor. Will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items to help reduce cutaneous dryness and for the improvement of skin elasticity. A soothing ingredient commonly found in most cosmetic preparations. Cocoa Butter is expeller pressed, unrefined and partially deodorized. The color is a cream hue and the texture is semi-hard.
High quality 100% pure cocoa butter from cocoa beans contains no solvents, fillers, preservatives or chemical additives. It is useful for sunburns, softening skin, scar tissue, soothe diaper rash, and avoiding stretch marks during pregnancy. Cocoa butter is used to improve skin elasticity and to reduce wrinkles. In its natural state, cocoa butter is solid at room temperature, and may vary in color and appearance. Food grade cocoa butter can be used in your favorite recipes as well as for skin care treatments.
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TEA-TREE ESSENTIAL OIL TO FIGHT INFECTION
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Essential Oil, with its strong, camphor-like odor, is derived by distilling the plant's leaves. It is a broad-spectrum antiseptic that combats bacterial, viral and fungal infections and can be applied directly to cuts, abrasions, nail fungus, athlete's foot, bleeding gums and acne.
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Latin name: Melaleuca alternifolia. Family name: Myrtaceae. Tea Tree oil is distilled from the leaves and is imported from Australia. It has a spicy, medicinal aroma. Tea Tree is one of the most scientifically researched oils. Some traditional uses: as an immuno-stimulant particularly against bacteria, viruses and fungi, for relieving inflammation, as a disinfectant. Blends with: lavender, clove, marjoram, rosemary, clary sage, pine, and geranium.
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CALENDULA OINTMENT RECIPES
INFUSED CALENDULA OIL RECIPE
1/2 Cup Calendula Flowers (Dried & Powdered)
1 Cup Olive Oil
Infuse Calendula flowers into the olive oil and soak for 14 days. Strain well and refrigerate. (Be sure to buy Calendula and not the American Marigold, Tagetes.)
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If you prefer a salve instead:
1 Ounce Beeswax
1/2 to 3/4 Cup Infused Calendula Oil
1/2 Cup Calendula Flowers
1. Shave or cut the beeswax into small chunks. In a saucepan, warm the infused Calendula Oil and the Beeswax.
2. Heat the ingredients over low heat until the Beeswax is just melted. Do not allow the ingredients to boil.
3. Remove from heat, and add the Calendula Flowers. Then pour the salve into sterilized containers, and store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.
Cocoa Butter may be added to this mixture for extra skin softening and healing properties. Can be used for chapped and irritated skin problems.
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QUICK & EASY HEALING SALVE RECIPE
1/2 Cup All-Vegetable Shortening (At Room Temperature)
10 Drops Tea-Tree Essential Oil
10 Drops Calendula Herbal Oil
In a small bowl, whip ingredients together, using a small whisk or spatula, until thoroughly blended. The salve should have the look and feel of fluffy, orange butter-cream frosting. Store in a labeled plastic or glass container in a cool place for up to 3 months, or refrigerate for up to 1 year.
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There are a number of circumstances in which a healing salve should not be used. Do not use a salve under these conditions:
- When a cut is deeper than 1/4 inch. Instead, see a health care provider immediately for sutures.
- When the injury is bleeding profusely.
- When the wound was caused by a splinter or any other foreign object that cannot be removed with tweezers.
- When the wound is the result of an animal bite, whether the animal is known or unknown.
- When there is any chance that the wound has become infected or that there may be blood poisoning.
- When the skin still feels warm from a burn.
USES FOR CALENDULA OINTMENT OR CREAM
CHAPPED SKIN & COLD SORES
Calendula Ointment helps moisturize and heal chapped or cracked skin and lips. If you are breastfeeding and have sore nipples, this ointment can be helpful in healing. It may be a particularly effective remedy against cold sores. These painful sores, known as fever blisters, appear on the lips and are caused by a type of herpes virus.
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Gently apply Calendula Ointment to affected areas twice a day. The ointment promotes blood circulation and helps speed healing. Warning: To avoid damaging fragile veins, do not rub or massage the ointment into affected areas. Instead, gently spread a thin layer of ointment over the affected sections.
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If a person is confined to a bed for a long time, sores (decubitus ulcers) can often develop, especially in the area of the heels, elbows, collarbone and tailbone. To help them heal, gently rub the ointment into the bedsores several times a day. If necessary, cover the sores with gauze or bandages.
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The ointment's anti-inflammatory and germ-killing actions are very useful for infections of the nail bed. Apply the ointment directly to the affected area several times daily.
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