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Here at Koils by Nature, we really care about what you put on your skin and hair.  Most of our water-based products are infused with Calendula; our Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-In Conditioners, Herbal Curl Defining Gel, both Hair & Scalp Cleansers, Beard Wash, beard oil and beard moisturizers......

Calendula is an herb that invigorates hair by safeguarding it from damaging single-cell radicals. Calendula boots scalp hydration and relieve rashes, sunburns, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites and other mild skin irritants. Calendula also prevents dandruff.

  • Soothes rashes, sunburns, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites and other mild skin irritations.
  • Clears bacteria in skin pores
  • Helps prevent dandruff
  • Promotes healthy hair follicles.
  • Promotes scalp hydration
  • Protects hair and scalp against cell-damaging free radicals
  • Promotes hair

HISTORY AND FOLKLORE

 In medieval Europe, calendula was widely available and was known as “poor man’s saffron” as it was used to color and spice various foods, soup in particular. It was used not only to color foods, but also as a dye to color hair and to make butter look more yellow. Believed to be first cultivated by St. Hildegard of Bingen, an herbalist and nun practicing herbalism in the 11th century in present-day Germany, calendula is a mainstay in a variety of European historical herbal texts. A Niewe Herball, from 1578, by English botanist Henry Lyte states that calendula '… hath pleasant, bright and shining yellow flowers, the which do close at the setting down of the sun, and do spread and open again at the sun rising' referring to the flower's well-known propensity to open in the day and close at night or on overcast days.

Nicholas Culpepper, a 17th-century botanist, herbalist, and astrologist, mentioned using calendula juice mixed with vinegar as a rinse for the skin and scalp and that a tea of the flowers comforts the heart. Astrologically associated with the sun and the fire element, calendula was believed to imbue magical powers of protection and clairvoyance, and even to assist in legal matters. Flowers strung above doorposts were said to keep evil out and to protect one while sleeping if put under the bed. It was said that picking the flowers under the noonday sun will strengthen and comfort the heart.

Calendula was used in ancient times in India as well, and according to Ayurvedic healing principles is energetically cooling and has a bitter and pungent taste.

And, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), calendula (called Jin Zhan Ju) is considered energetically neutral and drying and is used to support healthy skin.

Traditionally, in North American indigenous cultures, it has been employed to combat the occasional upset stomach. Traditional use mirrors many of our contemporary applications of this plant. site:: mountainroaseherbs.com

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