Calendula is one of my favorite skin healing herbs. It can be used in a number of different ways, but I would have to say that this is the first herb I gravitate towards when I am trying to heal any sort of wound, rash or bite.
Its properties include:
- Diaphoretic (Induces Sweating)
- Febrifuge (Used to Reduce Fevers)
- Vulnerary (Wound Healing)
In a compress Calendula can be used to help bring down a fever and it can be very soothing for the eyes in search from relief from conjunctivitis. It is also known to be great for its sore throat and oral healing properties as well. Perhaps you could reach for some Calendula tea or even a home made mouth wash made of Calendula Tincture, and Rosemary Tea to help fight off an annoying and painful canker sore or a stubborn sore throat!
Calendula is most prized for its skin healing properties so it makes for a great addition in salves and lotions. In fact I love to use it in my sons diaper rash cream. But Calendula Tincture is what I am going to tell you how to make today.
If your looking for an alternative to would cleaning and healing you can look toward Calendula Tincture. Its Anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent component to wound washes and of course, a mouthwash!
Be aware, that like your traditional hydrogen peroxide, this is going to burn as well because of the alcohol. If you find that the tincture alone is too intense, then do a soak with the tincture and a filtered water to clean the wound. The tincture is recommended for mostly surface wounds, I would not recommend using this for deep tissue wounds as it could really be painful. Always use your best judgment as to whether or not something should be treated at home or could use serious medical attention.
Calendula Tincture: For Dried Herb
You will need:
- 1oz of Dried Organic Calendula Flowers
- A Pint size Mason Jar
- About 5oz of Grain Alcohol, ATLEAST 75% alcohol
- Something to Label it with
- Generally to make a tincture the first step is to make sure you have a nice clean mason jar.
- Pack the mason jar tight with the 1oz of herb.
- Pour the 5oz of grain alcohol over the herb or enough alcohol until it is completely covered.
- Label your mixture and place it in a cool dark place for 4-6 weeks. Shake it when you remember to.
- When your herb is done steeping you can strain out the herb and bottle your tincture into an amber glass bottle with a dropper.
- Don’t forget to label as this is an important process, you WILL forget what it is a couple of months later as I have done this about a hundred times.
When your making a tincture for Calendula with Dried herb, it is important to try and keep the ratio 1:5 ratio of dried herb to 75% alcohol for best results. (If you find an alcohol that is a little less potent that is okay, it will still work, but maybe just let it sit for a little longer.) (If you find an alcohol that is stronger than 75% you can always water it down by adding about 1oz of water to every 4oz of alcohol.) The measurements don’t always have to be exact so never stress that your tincture wont be perfect if you don’t get it right on the dot. All that matters is that your using your instinct and love to make your medicine.
If you by chance have fresh herb available to you then use a ratio of 1:2 in 95% alcohol for best results!
Thank you, and happy healing my friends! ❤