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Natural skin soothers

Calendula and chamomile are two excellent herbs that can be used to soothe irritated skin.

Dried flowers from both annual and perennial chamomiles (Matricaria recutita and Chamaemelum nobile) made into a cool wash can be used to lessen the pain of sunburn, added to bath water to soothe itchy skin and used to wash and soothe a graze.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) petals are rubbed directly onto a bite to soothe the pain, or made into a cool wash for red, dry or irritated skin. The wash applied to sores, cuts and grazes will improve healing, but always make sure the wound is clean before applying.

To make a wash: Put 2–3 teaspoons of petals or flowers into a bowl and pour one cup of boiling water over the top. Cover, cool and strain. Use within a few hours.

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