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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

CALENDULA


Latin Name: Calendula officinalis

Alternate Names: Pot Marigold

Family: ASTERACEAE

Parts Used: Flowers.

Properties: Alterative, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Diaphoretic, Vulnerary, Sedative.

Internal Uses: Candida, Cervicitis, Chickenpox, Conjunctivitis, Glandular Swelling, Hemorrhoids, Herpes, Infection, Measles, Mumps, Ulcers, Yeast Infection

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, capsules.
It increases peripheral circulation. Use for old infections that have been trapped in the body for a long time. There is an old saying -- Where Calendula is, no pus will form.

Topical Uses: Earaches, Hemorrhoids, Inflammation, Insect Bites, Sinusitis, Wounds

Topical Applications: Poultice or salve for wounds and insect bites. Used in skin creams for its nourishing and anti-inflammatory properties. Nasal wash for sinus infections. Oil is used to treat earaches. Sitz bath for hemorrhoids.

Culinary uses: Petals have been used as a substitute for saffron.

Energetics: Pungent, Dry, Cool.

Chemical Constituents: Saponins, caretonoids, flavonoids, mucilage, bitter principle, phytosterols, polysaccharides resin.

Comments: The name is derived from calend, meaning the first day of every calendar month as Calendula opens as the sun rises and can be found blooming in some parts of the world every month. In the twelfth century, it was believed that simply looking at Calendula would improve eyesight. Despite the name Pot Marigold, Calendula is not a true Marigold.

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