Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Overview:
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a powerful herb that has historically been used for a host of different ailments. The medicinal constituents of this herb are found in the vibrant, deeply colored orange and yellow flower.
Especially valued for ailments affecting the skin – including eczema, yeast infections, ulcers, wound healing, and reducing scar formation – this herb has a history of uses documented to at least the 12th century.
The colorful petals are bursting in flavonoids that exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-thrombogenic, and neuroprotective activities through various mechanisms of action, especially when used in whole flower forms.
The antifungal properties of calendula make it useful as an herbal remedy for fungal infections like thrush, athlete’s foot, and ringworm.
In addition, this workhorse of an herb is an outstanding option for stimulating the lymphatic system. It’s used to treat acute or chronically swollen lymph nodes from respiratory infections, localized infections, and oral infections. It supports immunity and helps to prevent infection through the activation of the lymphatic system.
Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Other Common Names: Pot marigold, garden marigold (please note, not to be confused with plants belonging to the genus Tagetes)
Product Contents: Flowers and top leaves.
Actions: Anti-inflammatory, astringent, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, antifungal, lymphatic, immune-modulating.
Energetics: Dry, Warm
Taste: Bitter, Pungent
Plant Uses: Skin supportive for many issues and natural sun/UV protectant, eye issues, ulcers, infections, antimicrobial, lymphatic system support.
Preparations: Infusions with oil and vinegar, bath, poultice, external wash, tincture, salves, and balms.
Toxicities/Warnings: Calendula is considered to be very safe, but some caution is recommended if you have known allergies to plants in the aster family (such as daisies and ragweed). It may interact with sedative and antihypertensive (blood pressure) drugs. When in doubt, consult your health professional. Use is also discouraged during pregnancy and breastfeeding.