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Calendula(Calendula officianalis) sometimes called Pot marigold is actually not a marigold at all, it’s a member of the sunflower family. Not only is it a beautiful plant with gorgeous orange flowers and wonderful healing powers, it’s easy to grow too!

A must have in any dog household, Calendula is my go to herb to treat minor cuts, abrasions, sunburn, rashes, hot spots, eczema, insect bites, burns, yeast infections and inflammations of the skin. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties, I use Calendula for my dogs on everything from chapped paws and minor cuts to yeast infections.
Calendula works well at speeding up the wound healing process, so well, make sure to clean the wound thoroughly so as not to trap dirt in debris in the wound.

One way to apply Calendula topically is by making a tea. You can make the tea one of two ways.

  • Dried herb method: Place 2 tablespoons of dried herb in a heat proof cup and add a cup or so of boiling water. Cover with a saucer or the like and allow to steep for about 20 minutes.
  • Fresh herb method: Fill a heat proof jar with fresh flowers and pour in boiling water. Allow the mixture to infuse until it’s fully cooled.
After your tea is done infusing, strain it (composing the the herb) and either soak a clean cloth in the tea and apply to the skin or put it into a spray bottle for spray on wound application. The shelf life isn’t very long, so make it in small amounts and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. You also can freeze some tea in ice cube trays. Pop out a cube and apply directly to the affected area for cool soothing relief.

Another way to apply topically is by making a salve. I know what you’re thinking “Make a salve? I can barely boil water!”. Really, it’s not that hard. I make my own organic healing salve with Calendula, Plantain(see my other post about The Incredible, Edible, Medicinal Plantain), Coconut Oil, Beeswax, and Vitamin E. It does take some time, depending on what method you choose to infuse the oils, but that’s a topic for another post!

With it’s strong anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties Calendula taken orally can help with inflammation and yeast overgrowth in the digestive tract. Many dogs suffer from yeast overgrowth on their skin. The overgrowth of yeast often begins in the digestive tract which can be attributed to over use of antibiotics, stress, and high sugar intake from commercial dog food. The saponins in Calendula also help heal and prevent gastric ulcers, so taking Calendula orally can help to keep the GI tract in tip top shape! You can use the tea, a tincture or add some dried or fresh herb to your dogs food.

There has been studies that show dietary lutein extracted from Calendula increased tumor latency, suppressed mammary tumor growth and enhanced lymphocyte proliferation.(1) Whew! Which in easy to understand terms means that Calendula slowed the tumors, increased the inactive time of the tumors, while boosting the immune system. That’s some powerful stuff!

So go out and get some Calendula and buy some seeds while your at it for next years garden!

There is one word of caution concerning Calendula. It should not be taken internally by pregnant dogs or cats
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You're welcome :)
 

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Thanks seems, like a good idea?? But I'm kinda lazy so I found this:

:)

Sounds a lot like Well Horse:

Well-Horse.com

But less expensive and most likely easier to apply??

The Well Horse stuff is kinda sticky.
 

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Yeah thats basically the same ingredients in ym salave except I add coconut oil for more healing pwoers. Its not hard to make really. Just time consuing depending how you make the infused oil. You can do a quicky method in a crock pot on low but I prefer the cold infused method. I put the jar with the herb and carrier oil into a warm room and leave it for 6 weeks. If I want it really potent halfway through(3 weeks) I strain out the herb and discard. Then take the oil and put it back in the jar with new herb and let that infuse for another 3 weeks
 

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Thanks, GoudasMom! If giving orally, how much & how often?
 

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Theres a couple of different ways to take Calendula orally. One is by making a tea(covered how to do that in the first post). I am lucky both Kippah and Loki liked the tea although I made mine with Plantain and Calendula. I just added 2-3 tablespoons of the tea to their food
Another way is by tincture. A tincture basically is made by taking the dried herb and placing it into either alcohol such as vodka(must be 80 proof) or vegetable glycerin or even apple cider vinegar. Depending on the herb and the condition to be treated depends on what base to use. Place in a dark cool area and let infuse for anywhere from 2-4 weeks.
Of course you can buy tincture already infused with calendula. Just put a few drops onto the dogs food. Or you can just add the dried herb or fresh herb(as long as you are sure its not treated with pesticides and it should be washed first). Organic tinctures or herb is the way to go I wouldnt buy anything else.
 

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Great info! Thanks very much
 
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