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Calendula for Lymphedema
Alexandra Andrews

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The botancal Calendula (Pot Marigold) is a world wide wound healer. Lymphedema is a lymph system wound that needs healing. I have made and used Calendula recipes for my lymphedema.

Botanical Common Name:
Marigold [Calendula]
Latin or Scientific Name:
Calendula officinalis
Parts Used:
Flower, leaf, seed.
Virtues:
Alexipharmic, analgesic, anodyne, anti-atherosclerosis, anti-inflammatory, anti-radiation, antiacne, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anticatarrhal, antidiabetic, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antipruritic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antiviral, aperient, astringent, bedsores, cardiac, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cicatrizant, circulatory, cognitive, cordial, cosmetic, demulcent, dental, depurative, dermal, diaphoretic, digestive or stomachic, disinfectant, emmenagogue, emollient, errhine, febrifuge, gastrointestinal, immunostimulant, insecticide, lymphatic, menopause, nervine or neuralgia, ocular, oral, stimulant, sudorific, tonic, uterine, vulnerary.
Qualities:
Flower—Hot in the first degree; Temperate regarding dry or moist.
Herb—Hot in the first to the second degree; Moist in the first degree. - Salmon
Hot in the second degree; Dry in the first degree – Culpeper
Note:
There is another plant called Marigold (Tagetes sp.) It has different properties and uses. If you are allergic to ragweed, you may have issues with Calendula. Remember always do a patch test!

Let me share my recipes with you.
Infusions can be used internally as a digestive, restorative, etc.
Teas can be used externally as a liniment, compress, etc.
Follow the maxim, Let medicine be your food.

Calendula Internal Healer (A Simple Infusion)
Basic proportions:
One teaspoon dried botanical or 1 tablespoon fresh or frozen plant to eight ounces of water.
Place the botanical in a cup.
Cover with eight ounces of hot water.
Place a lid on top of the cup.
Let steep ten minutes.
Filter.
Drink.
(Add honey, lemon, wine, vinegar, salt, etc., to taste)

As Above So Below

Calendula Topical Healer
Need a clean jar.
Add 3 ounces (88.72 ml) of the infusion.
Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vinegar of choice - white, apple cider, etc.
Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vegetable glycerin.
Add 1 teaspoon(5 ml) of healing oil of choice – almond, olive, etc.
Shake
Apply to affected area.
(You can use a spray bottle or not)

Directions
Drink a cup of the Calendula tea daily.
Apply the Topical Calendula Solution at least 3 times daily.
To avoid spoilage, keep in refrigerator or freeze. If the solution smells or seems off in any way - throw out and make a new batch.

Please do not make this dangerous error - The fallacy of if a little is good, then much more is better.
If this is the therapy for you – within two weeks you should see improvements.
Of course if you have any negative effects - QUIT!

If you feel adventuresome, change to these directions.
Make the infusion 50% rose petals and 50% Calendula.
By the way, the Topical Calendula Healer makes a great hair and skin conditioner.

There are more recipes available from the Investigate Botanical Series
Investigate Botanical Power: Let Food Be Your Medicine (Investigate Botanicals Book 1) Kindle Edition

Investigate Botanical Energetics: Let Medicine Be Your Food (Investigate Botanicals Book 2) Kindle Edition

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