Saturday, January 27, 2018 by Zoey Sky
Don’t get preppers wrong. They’re not just prepared for when SHTF, they also know how to stop and smell the flowers… while also considering their medical properties. For example, calendula, or the marigold, has a lot of herbal uses. (h/t to BioPrepper.com.)
Calendula has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can also roll a ball of calendula petals between your fingers, which can be applied directly to an insect bite or nettle sting. This will help numb any pain that you’re feeling. (Related: Calendula can reduce inflammation, heal the skin and help protect the heart.)
To make the extract, you will need some dried calendula petals. Dry them in the sun or in a warm and airy place to maximize the medicinal properties of the versatile flower. The calendula extract can be stored for a long time, and is a worthy addition to any herbal medicine cabinet.
The calendula extract and the stickier extract will both last for at least two to three years as long as they are kept in brown or green glass or opaque jars. Store the extract away from direct sunlight.
The calendula extract can be used to “treat ear infections, low fever, or other ailments.” Simply dilute drops of the tincture in some water.
You can also dab the resin directly on minor wounds for pain relief and to facilitate healing. The extract can also be used as a tincture, an immune system booster, and to support healthy liver function.
Always consult a healthcare professional before you take or administer any herbal medicines or treatments.
Calendula can also be used to make an herbal tea that has many uses.
One way to make calendula tea is by filling a heat-proof jar with fresh flowers. Pour simmering hot water over the flowers, then cover it. Let the mixture infuse until the tea is cool enough to drink.
Here are other uses for calendula tea:
You can read more articles about other medicinal herbs and natural cures at Herbs.news.