Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Common Name: Calendula, Marigold
Plant Part: Flower petals
Traditional Use: Calendula is one of the most common plants in Australia; it grows in abundance in most peoples gardens. It is traditionally used as a first aid treatment for burns, scalds and external wounds associated with physical trauma or infection. A less potent anti-inflammatory action makes this suitable for topical soothing products. Good for inflamed eyes or for treating stings
Calendula acts as a topical antiseptic and antiviral. As an anti-inflammatory it has been used to help relieve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
It is also known to help stimulate the gall bladder and improve bile flow and digestion, and improve the overall functions of the liver.
Application: Ointments, creams, compresses, poultices and liniments.
General Information about New Directions Herbs:
When handled correctly herbs can be an amazing addition to your skin and hair care regimen. However, care must be taken to avoid problems.In many cases dried and powdered herbs are much more potent than fresh and as such should be used with caution. Research your herbs before use to ensure safe handling of the dried form and to ensure that its use in your desired product is recommended. As a general rule of thumb no single herb should be used in a leave-on product at levels greater than 1% although more can be used to create tinctures or decoctions. The exceptions to this rule are the herb cuts used for visual appeal or for exfoliation. If you are on medication or are pregnant seek medical advice before handling the herbs. If irritation occurs seek medical attention taking some of the herb with you to assist in diagnosis. New Directions herbs are not designed to be ingested as they have not been stored or handled in accordance with food safety laws. As with all natural products seasonal variations in strength, colour, size and shape are to be expected.
These volumes are to be used as a general guide only. You will need to carry out additional testing to find the ratio perfect for your requirements. For use in making a herbal extract use 1 part herb to 5 parts alcohol. Cover and store in a dark, dry place for 4-5 weeks before straining then using. Tincture: This is like making a cup of tea, make a tea-bag like pouch using muslin cloth or equivalent and add approx 25g of herb. Boil water then pour 75g over the herb bag. Leave to steep for 5 minutes then remove. The water can then be used in your cosmetic products or stored (after it has been preserved) to use at a later date. If the extract fails to reach the intensity in colour or odour that you expected increase the dose to 50g in 50g water. A decoction can be made by boiling up a herb bag of 25-50% herb in 75-50% water on the stove for approx 20 minutes. A poultice can be made by selecting your herbs and blending them with either bath salts, sugars or clays before wrapping into a muslin cloth. The resulting poultice can then be heated in a steamer and used during massage. The contents can also be added to a herbal bath if desired.
Best avoided in large doses by:
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking medication or suffering from a health disorder, please consult your qualified healthcare professional before undertaking herbal supplementation. Herbs can be potent natural compounds and research into their unique beneficial effects and safety is highly recommended.
Note: Individuals receiving this information must exercise their independent judgment in determining its appropriateness for a particular purpose.
Storage Recommendation: Keep Refrigerated. Once opened put in a zip lock bag to avoid moisture entering into the product.
New Directions Australia Pty Ltd. does not supply food grade raw materials and therefore cannot waive GST.
Prior to use: Customers should always refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet / Specification Sheet OR the ingredients label as affixed to each product which are current at the time of supply of the product.
The information provided is for educational purposes only. Individuals receiving this information must exercise their independent judgment in determining its appropriateness for a particular purpose or use.As the ordinary or otherwise use(s) of products is outside the control of New Directions Australia Pty Ltd., no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, is made as to the effect(s) of such use(s), (including damage or injury), or the results obtained. New Directions Australia Pty Ltd. expressly disclaims responsibility as to the ordinary or otherwise use(s). Furthermore, nothing contained herein should be considered as a recommendation by New Directions Australia Pty Ltd. as to the fitness for any use. The liability of New Directions Australia Pty Ltd. is limited to the value of the goods and does not include any consequential losses.