Injuries, Muscle Pain, 1st Degree Burns, Earaches, Mastitis
Calendula salve, made from certified organically grown Calendula flowering tops infused in extra-virgin olive oil, is a natural herbal treatment traditionally used topically to aid wound healing and for minor burns and abrasions, lacerations, swellings, contusions and muscle and joint strains and sprains. Calendula salve is also valued for treating radiation-induced dermatitis, to aid healing of cutaneous ulcers, to relieve symptoms associated with fibrocystic breast disease and mastitis, and for diaper rash.
Eclectic physician Finley Ellingwood, M.D. extols calendula: œAs arnica is applied to bruises and sprains, this agent is also applicable; and in addition it is of much service applied to recent wounds, cuts and open sores. It is antiseptic, preventing the formation of pus. It causes the scar to form without contraction of tissues, and in the simplest possible manner. It hastens the healing of wounds and materially favors union of co-apted (stitched) surfaces by first intention. It relieves the pain in wounds, and if there are not bad bruises, it quickly relieves the soreness and favors the healing process.
The American Botanical Council's Mark Blumenthal and his coauthors explain that calendula have been proven in tests to œactivate tissue regeneration and epithelial tissue development .
Numerous sources corroborate calendula's external use for the following: fibrocystic breast disease , , mastitis , radiation-induced dermatitis , , , skin ulcers and venous leg ulcers , , , inflammatory skin lesions , diaper rash , poorly healing wounds , , burns , , and chapped dry skin and lips .
A Natural Standard Research Collaboration monograph concluded that there was œgood scientific evidence for the use of calendula in treating radiation-induced skin lesions.
Combinations to consider: Consider Mastos Breast Oil topically for mastitis and fibrocystic breast disease.
Administration: apply liberally as needed to affected area.
Contra-indications and Cautions: Do not use if you are allergic to members of the Asteraceae family. Occasional allergic reactions have occurred in sensitive individuals; discontinue use if this occurs.