Calendula officinalis Great all-round healer

Calendula has many uses during pregnancy. If your gums become prone to bleeding, try a strong infusion of the flowers as an antiseptic mouthwash. Calendula cream, ointment or infused oil are traditionally rubbed into aching or itchy hemorrhoids and varicose veins, and bring relief to cracked nipples. Occasionally, herbalists and midwives even use the tincture to encourage the healing of vaginal tears or caesarean section scars after delivery. 0 DOSXGK For hemorrhoids, varicose veins and cracked nipples, apply calendula cream, ointment or infused oil to the affected area 3 times a day; the infused oil is preferred for use on the nipples if you are breastfeeding, as it is safe for your baby to consume in small quantities. For bleeding gums, prepare a strong infusion of dried calendula, and use it as a mouthwash after brushing your teeth. Don't use calendula tincture on surgical wounds or vaginal tears without talking to your doctor or midwife first, as it's vital to ensure that the wound is clean and free of infection before you start. Tissue treated with calendula heals remarkably quickly, so, it is important to check that no infection remains beneath the treated wound.

Gather calendula flowers from early summer onwards, then dry them in a cool, dark place.

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