Horsetail is a popular fern that has been used as an herbal remedy since the times of the Greek and Roman Empires. Well known to be effective at helping the body heal burns, wounds and sores, horsetail also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help stabilize and heal scar tissue. Horsetail has also been found to have antioxidant properties which help fight damaging free radicals.
With abundant amounts of flavonoids, Calendula’s plant-based antioxidants protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals. It has been regularly used to fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria. It is used to treat stomach upset and ulcers, as well as topically to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area. The dried petals are used in tinctures, ointments, and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as minor infections.
Hypericum perforatum has been intensively investigated for its anti-depressive activity, but dermatological applications also have a long tradition. Topical Hypericum is often used for minor wounds and burns, sunburns, abrasions, bruises, contusions, ulcers, myalgia, and many others. Hypericum helps to improve and increase tissue regeneration in wounds and is also researched and well-known for its abilities to tone and restore the health of nerves, in addition to soothing skin irritations.