What is Calendula?
Calendula (more commonly referred to as marigolds) has been around for thousands of years and have been an invaluable natural treatment for many conditions. Not only is it a pretty flower, it’s one of the top herbs that can be used both topically and taken internally.
Topically, it is a powerful antioxidant, anti-fungal and antiviral, useful in speedy healing of damaged skin, whether from cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and especially inflammation. Thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, calendula has been shown to be useful in healing from cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation by activating the patients own lymphocytes.
The powerful antiviral and anti-fungal properties have been shown effective in fighting pathogens, even the candida virus and antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. It helps relieve pain due to its analgesic properties, though not as strongly analgesic as arnica. Look for it to be useful in soothing gout and arthritis pain. It helps heal skin blisters, and skin infections such as diaper rash, acne, warts and herpes, and is excellent at soothing muscle spasms and calming persistent itching. It’s excellent for hemorrhoids, and in improving skin hydration and firming, and also lessening the appearance of scars due to its antioxidant properties and ability to affect blood flow to the area.
As a tea, it is rich in flavonoids, improving circulation and regulating menstruation in women. Internally also, it improves digestive issues, pharyngitis properties and stomach ulcers due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
A very useful, healing and beautiful flower!
Take a look at our Calendula Salve.