We have so many remedies for so many conditions, both acute and chronic, as homeopaths it’s common to develop special relationships with remedies. This is dangerous because we develop a prejudice for the remedy. But when we see time and again the need for a remedy and when given we have wonderful results, then we must continue with it’s use. I have found this to be so with the remedy Calendula.
The remedy is made from the common Marigold plant. A wonderful and useful plant in the vegetable garden, it repels insects who may want to eat the neighboring plants. It’s flowers are also very beautiful to look at. They do not carry a highly pleasant aroma but have a distinct smell. We learn so much more about the healing qualities of the plant once it is potentised and used homeopathically.
The most common usage of the plant is for helping the skin to heal. In mother tincture or low potencies it will help the skin to heal from minor abrasions, cuts, rash and sunburns etc. A cream or lotion with Calendula is one of the most soothing things for irritated skin. Many mothers use this for their children’s diaper rash. It is highly anti-septic and will prevent infection and promote healing. It really is a wonder plant.
In addition to it’s great healing qualities for external use, it can be miraculous when taken in potency for tears to muscles and mangalations of skin or limbs. The key word for it’s use in injury is “tear”. When any condition of tearing of tissues occurs, Calendula in a 30C or higher potency may be indicated. A torn muscle is the most common condition. I have experience a complete separation of the calf muscle from the tendon attachment that let the muscle “ball up” in a giant cramp be resolved with Calendula in record time. Two different doctors evaluated the injury and both recommended surgery. I was not the least bit enthusiastic about this and proceeded to take care of myself. I took Calendula 30C every 2 hours and stayed off of my leg. I massaged the muscle and pulled it down many times during the day. After 3 days I was able to bear some weight and hobble around. There was minimal black and blue that appeared. After one week the muscle had relaxed and started to reattach itself. I was able to walk without a noticeable limp and start to use my leg again. It redeveloped it’s strength in the next week and after 2 weeks I was back to normal. I experienced many unusual sensations during this time. Sometimes it felt as if bubbles were popping inside my calf muscle. It was a delightful sensation of healing. I look at this whole injury with much gratitude. It showed me the amazing power of the body to heal with the correct inspiration; a miracle for sure.
So the next time you see a case of a finger or limb mangled by machinery, or an athletic pulled muscle, vaginal tear of childbirth, after tooth extraction, scratched cornea, or any irritation or laceration of the skin, think of Calendula; both internally and externally. It really is a wonder remedy.