Benefits of Calendula officionalis:
Calendula, a really good friend of mine, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its powerful flavonoids. These plant-based antioxidants protect cells from free radical damage and pro-inflammatory compounds like C-reactive protein and cytokines.
Calendula tea is commonly used to help remedy peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It supports the healing of gastric and intestinal inflammation from infection or irritation through its vulnerary (wound healing), anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial actions
If you are currently struggling with a skin “issue”, you cannot ignore the gut / skin connection. Healing your gut is crucial to healing your skin and our friend Calendula is a dear ally on this journey.
Benefits of Nettle (Urtica dioica):
Known as an overall nourisher and strengthener, stinging nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) is full of vitamins and minerals most notably magnesium, calcium, iron, and protein that can be easily assimilated. (Wood, 1997 & Weed, 1989)
Benefits of Cleavers (Galium aparine):
Modern herbalists use Cleavers to support the lymphatic glands and the health of mucosal membranes of the urinary tract and skin.
Cleavers’ cooling and moving properties is especially called for when the lymphatic stagnation is accompanied by signs of heat – for example, the affected area feels warm to the touch, with redness and/or swelling.
I like to drink a cold infusion of cleavers in the summer to support healthy lymphatic flow and bring into balance my often overheating constitution (pitta in Ayurveda).
Rosehip berries contain vitamin C, an important building block to clear + healthy skin.