Weatherford Democrat

Lifestyles

February 8, 2008

Gardening is the purest of human pleasures

Jo Anne Boudreau, Democrat Columnist

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Calendula tea is beneficial for gastro-intestinal disorders, stomach cramps and stomach ulcers, as well as inflammation of the large intestine, and blood in the urine. It is an excellent remedy for the liver. The juice of the fresh stem gets rid of warts and scabies, the boiled infusion heals herpes and glandular swellings. Bathe the eyes in lukewarm calendula tea to strengthen.

Dr. James Duke, retired botonist for the USDA, tell us that calendula flowers speed up the healing of burns, including sunburn, by closing wounds, reducing inflammation and stimulating the growth of new skin cells. Creams and ointments are available in stores or we can grow calendula and make our own. The seeds germinate quickly in pots or directly in soil protected from wind. Plant after the last spring freeze. Thinnings can be easily transplanted to other areas in the gardens.

Calendula is often called the rain flower. If the blossom closes before 7 a.m. it will surely rain that day.



Listen to Jo Anne Boudreau on “Herb Talk” Thursday morning from 8 to 9 on KMQX 88.5, 89.5, K2497.7, K72AZ.93.3, KSQX 89.1 FM Radio and ww.KYQX.com

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