Healing Herbs for First Aid

Medicinal herbs have been used for centuries for some form of healing.
Modern medicine is using the healing effects of herbs in extracts, tinctures, supplements and patented drugs.
Gaia Herbs, one of the biggest supplement manufacturers down the road from us in Asheville is using scientific breakthroughs and is finding the synergistic effects of herbs for optimal health and healing. 
Some of these compounds are called adaptogens, botanical extracts that help the body fight inflammation and chronic disease.
Once such adaptogen is Ashwagandha. 
Calendula's  skin healing properties are well known, thanks to the herb's anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and related properties. Here are some of the promoted benefits of calendula for skin care:

1.Skin dryness or chapping — Calendula oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin and for severely chapped or split skin. It helps soothe the area and reduce the pain.

2.Inflammation — It works well on sprained muscles or bruises; its anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling from injury. Calendula also helps naturally heal the skin from bruises, scratches, redness or itching.

3.Baby care — Calendula oil is used to relieve diaper rashes helping to reduce redness and heal the skin

4.Minor cuts and wounds — The antiseptic and antimicrobial action of the calendula oil help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts, and also help relieve insect bites, acne and bed sores.

5.Skin issues — Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin problems can be soothed using calendula containing skin care products, applied topically. Calendula vulnerary (healing) effect is widely known for all sorts of skin conditions.