Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Calendula - A summer helper even in the garden

Today in Toronto it is one of those beautiful sunny days of summer, almost 80 degrees and the air quiet. I was reminded as I passed a bed of marigolds how useful the plant is. Insects do not like the plant and so it is used in vegetable gardens to keep them away. The plant is used to make the homeopathic remedy Calendula. It is antibacterial, soothing and healing. Before Penicillin it was used on battlefields as a dressing for wounds. I have used Calendula cream on set for many years. Not only is it great for scrapes and rough skin; it is also excellent for minor sunburns and burns. It's very soothing and healing for babies diaper rash too. It can help get rid of dish pan hands too. I recommend it highly and it finds a place in the Hollywood Survival Kit as the #10 remedy.

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