When you walk out of a radiation treatment, you HOPE you’ve burned out ALL the cancer, once and for all.
But in the process, you KNOW you’ve blasted your healthy cells, too.
Your skin is red, dry, itchy, and swollen.
You may even have open sores… or oozing blisters.
But this pain and suffering is absolutely UNNECESSARY…
Because there’s a natural skin salve that can HEAL the wounds of your cancer battle… and KEEP the skin damage from getting more severe.
Even if your radiologist FORBIDS you from putting ANYTHING on your skin before your next treatment. (Don’t listen to him.)
‘Nun’s cure’ for radiation burns
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is an edible flower in the daisy family that grows abundantly throughout Southern Europe, the Mediterranean, and Egypt.
It gets its scientific name from its ability to grow every month of the calendar year, under the right conditions…
But it’s more commonly known as “pot marigold” because of all the German soups and stews it’s cooked into.
This isn’t your garden-variety ornamental marigold…
A powerful medicine, it was first cultivated by St. Hildegard of Bingen, an 11th-century Benedictine nun who practiced herbalism as part of her ascetic life in the German abbey.
And over the last millennium, it’s shown to heal burns, bruises, and cuts… EVEN if they’ve gotten infected.
Pot marigold was CRUCIAL to the survival of our battle-worn soldiers on the front lines of the Civil War and World War I. Medics applied the flowers to open wounds to help keep them out of sick bay.
It’s STILL CRITICAL to skin health today… but not for our troops.
Pot marigold is a GAME-CHANGER for cancer patients whose skin has been damaged by radiation therapy (a.k.a. radiation dermatitis).
That’s because it’s PACKED with antioxidant carotenoids (a.k.a. yellow and orange pigments) that are ESSENTIAL for skin health, including:
- flavoxanthin, and
These carotenoids scavenge free radicals and therefore protect your skin cells from oxidative damage.
That’s why pot marigold is included in some sunscreens.
But it can do MUCH more than fight damage from UV radiation.
It can combat GAMMA radiation, too!
And if you’re a cancer patient who needs radiooncology to save your life… ANYTHING that can protect your skin is a godsend.
These light-sensitive carotenoids don’t just create a SHIELD over your irradiated skin’s surface.
They actually make your skin STRONGER.
And the triterpenoids in pot marigold reduce inflammation, to boot.
Although you can eat the pot marigold, the most common way to use it for skin protection is as a topical ointment. You can rub a cream on your skin or add a few drops of a liquid extract.
It can also be used as a mouthwash for head and neck cancer patients with mouth sores.