I loved delving into learning about healing herbs when I was writing Better Basics for the Home. What a gift to us from the herbal world, and what a loss for us that so few of us know about what these gifts are. I’ll try to highlight different herbs on The True Find, as surely if there are any things that are true finds, they are the healing herbs.
Calendula stood out with many of the herbalists I spoke to as one nature’s wonders for healing skin problems. Calendula flowers are highly emollient, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral. They are immune system stimulants and are rich in carotenoids. It is healing for eczema, psoriasis, varicose veins, acne, and more.
Here’s a good and very healing calendula skin recipe from Better Basics for the Home:
1/2 cup avocado oil
small handful dried organic calendula flowers
6 tablespoons aloe vera gel
Heat the oil and calendula in a double boiler on low for 30 minutes. Cool. Strain out the flowers and stir in the aloe vera gel. This recipe is very healing to use on the skin during times of lot of sun exposure, such as on vacation.
Shelf life: 2 weeks refrigerated
Caution: Don’t use calendula if you are pregnant.
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By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).