It’s Spring and there’s sure to be a lot of cleaning going on in and around the house. Most of this cleaning will probably take place in the yard or garage, where accidents resulting in wounds can occur. For example, whenever I find myself impaled on a thorn from an angry bougainvillaea bush, or attacked by the local flesh eaters (a.k.a. mosquitos and “no-see-ums”), I run for the following remedies to combat my wounds. I take comfort in the fact that they both have been traditionally used to fight more severe wounds, so my healing should be a breeze.
On the other hand, spring cleaning is not limited to the external environment. Spring is a great time for an internal physical cleanse of the body and/or a renewing of the largest organ of the body – your skin. The following plants can also greatly assist with either of these “cleaning” projects, or both:
ANTHYLLIS – Also known as “woundwort”, anthyllis was used during ancient times to treat slow-healing wounds, cuts, bruises, and skin eruptions. It reduces swelling and has a cleansing effect necessary in wound treatment. When ingested, anthyllis can be used as a gentle laxative to relieve constipation and facilitate healthy elimination. It cleanses the blood while promoting the overall elimination processes of the body, which makes it a good spring tonic. Anthyllis can also be used to treat coughs, sore throat and frostbite. Traditionally, anthyllis was used fresh during the growing season, or harvested at that time and dried for later use. Today, anthyllis is primarily used as a topical ingredient in skincare products that promote healing and balance for all skin types.
CALENDULA – These flowers are pleasing to the eye and pleasing to the body; especially one that has been wounded. Calendula has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, rendering it useful for everything from yeast infections to surgical wounds. Anti-bacterial properties characteristic of calendula ease discomfort and treat yeast infections. In wound-healing it serves to minimize the formation of resulting scar tissue. For centuries, calendula has been a staple product in apothecaries; used to treat skin conditions while boosting the body’s natural immune system. Here in the Florida Keys, calendula comes in handy to heal sunburn and bug bites. As an effective ingredient in skincare products, calendula works as an ant-inflammatory, which soothes red and inflamed skin conditions. It also stimulates collagen for a more youthful appearance, and stimulates the movement of lymph, which reduces puffiness.
The signature treatments offered at Angelic Moon contain both anthyllis and calendula, which prompted me to make products that compliment these treatments available to clients for home use. Dr. Hauschka Skincare contains these two “wound warriors”, making it the perfect choice of skincare products to offer at APOTHECARY. Angelic Moon has been coined “a haven for healing” and these naturally healing ingredients help to make it so!
Find Dr. Hauschka Face and Body Skincare at Angelic Moon Holistic Day Spa & APOTHECARY on Cudjoe Key. (305) 745-9979
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor is it intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.