Striking Gold: The Many Healing Properties of Calendula
By: Guest: Elise Miller ~
Meet an ancient yet trending herb: Calendula. This little golden magical herb is filled with mighty strength. It can treat the harshest skin conditions as well as aid in digestion, sore muscles, respiratory issues, menstrual cramping and more. Calendula is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial with major healing properties. Grown year round and made in many different forms such as oils, tinctures, flowers, lotions and teas, calendula is often suggested by naturopaths to treat numerous ailments, both topically and internally. Not to mention, calendula can make any food look beautiful with its rich, golden-colored florets. Let’s take a deeper look on why we have nothing but love for calendula.
One of the most common uses of calendula is for various skin conditions such as eczema, wounds, rashes, acne, scars, stretch marks, ring worm, chapped lips, sunburns, gum inflammation, infections, varicose veins, nosebleeds, bug bites and stings, psoriasis and burns. If you suffer from any of the above, try Bodyceuticals award-winning Calendula Bioactive Salve or Calendula Salve & Honey twice daily, both morning and night, especially after a shower, to lock in the moisture. Both of these salves will work wonders on your skin and can improve skin condition in as little as two weeks. If you prefer an easy to use pump bottle, try out the OG Organic Calendula Oil. If you want to go the extra mile, spray a couple spritzes of the Aloe Skin Soothing Spray and/or the Coconut Aloe Body + Hair Oil on top of the salve. Whatever skin condition you may be experiencing; calendula is your new best friend when it comes to a holistic treatment.
Calendula can also help menstruation, sore muscles, respiratory and digestive issues. For the ladies, skip the Advil and gently rub Organic Calendula Oil on your belly to soothe cramps. According to Today.com, 81% of women said that this gentle massage can help ease up the pain within 20 minutes! You can also do this massage method for sore muscles anywhere on your body. A soak in a Calendula Tea bath can help relieve discomfort from hemorrhoids, yeast infections and other swelling conditions. For respiratory and digestions issues, even if you just have a common sore throat, you can take calendula internally via tea or tincture to soothe you. Drinking or applying calendula tea directly can also be used to help with UTI’s, mouth inflammation, insect bites, menstrual cramps, diaper rashes, fever, itchy scalp, flea bites and hot spots on your pup and acne.
Because the florets of the calendula herb are edible and beautiful, feel free to add Whole Organic Calendula Florets to salads, soups, healthy bowls, DIY ice cubes, infused olive oil, honey, butter and cocktails/mocktails. Bodyceuticals sells Whole Calendula Florets in small batches at the end of the season, depending on availability. The golden glow and bright taste of these florets will leave a lasting impression on any guest. Check out this delicious and gorgeous salad from Uncooking 101.
To view even more benefits of Calendula and how to treat specific conditions, head on over to The Free Range Life.
Get Glowing: The 4 Skincare Essentials You Need for Summer
By: Guest: Elise Miller ~
As spring turns to summer, you are ready to get outside and allow the warm weather and Vitamin D to seep through you. While we all may love the return of the sunshine, your precious skin needs all the love it can get during the hotter months to stay protected. Bodyceuticals has you covered to keep your skin hydrated, glowing and sun-kissed without the hassle of sunburns and peeling. Formulated with only the highest quality natural ingredients, these four summer essentials are products you can feel good about putting on your skin. Pair these products with a natural sunscreen and you are more than ready for the summer heat. Extra bonus: all of these products come in the cutest packaging and travel-friendly bottle that you can re-use and recycle for long after you have used up the last drops. These are truly the definition of clean beauty.
Treat yourself and get glowing this summer with our favorite summer skin essentials:
Calendula Salve + Honey: This product is your dry skin hero! Formulated with raw honey and calendula flowers from the Bodyceuticals farm, a little bit of this wonderous salve goes a long way. Use your finger to press onto dry spots to lock in moisture on dry spots, insect bites, and rashes. For those that may struggle with eczema, apply this every day, both morning and night, especially after a shower, and you may just see results of clear, smooth skin without the hassle of itchiness and red rashes.
After Sun Relief: This golden oil is lightweight yet hydrating that will absolutely leave you with that sun-kissed glow we all know and love. Apply this after a long day in the summer heat and/or wind to heal a burn and reduce peeling. This is a great one to travel with in a convenient pump bottle, especially for a tropical vacation. Go ahead and share with your family, as this oil is safe for all ages, even the little babies.
Aloe Skin Soothing Spray: Go ahead and pack this one in your beach cooler. This convenient spray bottle will give you a refreshing and cool mist on hot summer days to soothe your body and face during/after sun exposure. For those with sensitive skin, this is a must have. This is also great on dry spots for extra moisture and works wonders on sunburns.
Body + Hair Oil – Coconut Aloe: What says summer more than coconut oil?! This sheer oil body spray is great for a post-sun glow anywhere on the body, as an everyday moisturizer morning and night, and to tame those little fly-a-ways for a slicked back summer bun hairstyle during a day on the beach. This oil will keep your skin and hair ultra-soft, nourished and smelling like a tropical island.