Of the thousands of different medicinal plants, it is calendula that is constantly heard. What is this plant? Calendula blooms in small inflorescences of an orange or yellow hue. The flowering period continues throughout the summer from early June to September. Useful calendula flowers are massively used for medical, cosmetic purposes, and for decorative garden decorations.
The plant contains many carotenoids, organic acids, which are so favorable, and essential oil. It also contains flavonoids, hydrocarbons and resin impurities. Ointments and infusions of calendula help in the treatment of wounds, burns, furunculosis and frostbite. Treats chronic cholecystitis. They cure diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Calendula tincture is also used for gargling with sore throat. They are also used for chronic otitis media.
Properties of calendula:
- cleanses the skin and increases its ability to regenerate;
- relieves inflammation;
- heals ulcers and warts;
- good antiseptic;
- has antispasmodic and choleretic effect;
- has a sedative effect on the body (improves sleep);
- practically has no contraindications and does not contain allergens.
Traditional medicine has many recipes containing calendula for the treatment of many diseases, but we will focus on the benefits that it can bring to our skin. Be sure to consult with a specialist before using any infusion in order to know your skin type. For sensitive skin, the solution should be softer, more gentle.
The principle of action of calendula on the epithelium
Pimples in the mature “completed” period of life indicates problems with the hormonal background. This does not add presentability to us, and, of course, we want to cure this “scourge” and, looking at ourselves in the mirror, see clean skin. Calendula will certainly help and do some of “its job of decontaminating”.
The benefits of calendula in the treatment of facial skin are not only that it cleanses and relieves inflammation. The benefit is that it, being absorbed into the lower layers of the epithelium, regulates the subcutaneous sebaceous glands. Thus, a smaller amount of subcutaneous fat is produced henceforth, if there is a lot of it, or decreases when there is a deficiency. Therefore, the infusion prevents the recurrence of rashes.
Calendula has another clear advantage over other remedies, it also helps to pull out pus from subcutaneous inflammation. Use for the treatment of rashes Most often, alcohol tincture is used for external use as a remedy for acne. As well as their consequences. Calendula also helps to restore the beauty of the face after acne has already formed. The tool is very strong, and you will need to dilute the tincture with water in a ratio of 1: 1. Otherwise, you risk burning your skin with alcohol.
The action plan is:
- Prepare a cotton swab or a piece of sterile gauze.
- Cleanse the skin, you can not apply tincture on the face “clogged” then.
- Moisten your prepared swab with an alcohol solution of calendula, and apply to those areas of the face that are most inflamed. The tincture should “dry” the purulent areas, but not damage healthy cells.
- Do not dry your face with a towel, let the healing agent soak in.
It is recommended to apply the solution in the evenings. In the morning, we often do not have time to wait until the tincture dries on the face – we need to rush to work or study. It is useless to dream of an instant effect. Everything needs time.
If the tincture does not help you, make a solution with less water. You need to choose the consistency that will bring the greatest benefit. A weak solution of calendula has a beneficial effect on the skin, as it disinfects.
As a result, if you use the remedy regularly, any attempts of microbes to “settle” on the skin and cause inflammation for you will fail.
Alcohol tincture of calendula can be taken at the nearest pharmacy, or prepared from dry baskets of the plant yourself. It’s quite easy and doesn’t take much time. Here are some interesting recipes for making it on your own. The preparation of these funds will not be expensive. And their benefits are undeniable. We use only what mother nature has given us in combination with science.
Production of alcohol infusion
We take 70% alcohol in a pharmacy. We need a 0.5 liter jar filled with dry calendula flowers. And 0.5 liters of pharmacy alcohol. The infusion is stored for 10 days in a dark corner. After that, it is necessarily filtered through several layers of gauze.
Tincture with amphora and ammonia
- 20 grams of ready-made calendula infusion;
- 20 grams of camphor alcohol,
- 2 grams of ammonia.
Mix all these ingredients with water in a 1:1 ratio. The resulting solution is used for treatment exclusively externally.
Recipe for infusion with aloe and wheat flour
Pre-boil 200 grams of water. Add 2 tbsp. tablespoons of flour, the same 2 tablespoons of an alcohol solution of calendula and mix. Next, we prepare aloe juice. It is desirable to squeeze fresh juice from the lowest leaves of the plant. You should have about 2 tablespoons of this miracle juice prepared. To do this, you need 5-6 leaves of aloe. Pour out 2 tbsp. tablespoons of life-giving aloe juice in our balm and stir until smooth. The balm should be slightly thick. This tool is just wonderful for sensitive facial cover. Aloe juice softens the solution and makes the smell more pleasant. In addition, aloe is also famous for its regenerating properties.
Lotion with pine needles
And here is a wonderful recipe for lotion based on calendula. Gather 25 grams of dried, fully expanded marigold heads. And 100 grams of needles ate. You will also need a few plantain leaves. Finely chop all herbs and add 500 ml of medical alcohol. The tincture period is 7 days. After the product is infused, pour into a glass jar. Wipe your face with this tonic at least 2 times at a convenient time. Apply lotion with pine needles pointwise using cotton wool. Only this remedy has a therapeutic effect for 1 year. After 12 months, the beneficial properties begin to fade and the effect is no longer the same.
So, calendula has been loved and appreciated in folk medicine since time immemorial. After all, the plant cares so much that there are no inflammations in our body, and regeneration processes are accelerated. Today, there are many ways to help your skin. Use them with gratitude towards nature.
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