Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
The Calendula flowers are not only beautiful, they also have MANY useful medicinal properties! Calendula is a well known plant in the natural medicine community as the flower has been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century.
Calendula helps to keep the body healthy as it helps to ward off illness. The flowers are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral. They are also considered a lymphogague, which means that they help to move the lymph, which decreases dampness, stagnation, and inflammation within the body.
Calendula helps to promote healing to almost any tissue in the body. Internally, it has been used as an antiseptic and healing mouth wash for gingivitis and other dental issues. Calendula helps to fight infection, and to promote healing. It has been used to treat stomach upset and ulcers. Externally, or topically, Calendula supports connective tissue and promotes wound healing, while also acting as an antiseptic. It is known to help regenerate epithelial tissue (skin cells) and therefore it is ideal for use with skin irritations such as rashes, burns, wounds, or abcesses.
Calendula is a very versatile plant and can be used in many forms. I like to make a strong calendula tea and use it to drink or as a wash or soak. Calendula is readily available in tincture form, which can also be used internally or externally.
Calendula is a common ingredient in most topical formulas due to its powerful healing actions on the skin. There are creams, ointments, and salves that help to heal burns, bruises, and cuts while protecting against infection.
Calendula is also available in homeopathic form which is commonly prescribed to help heal any skin ailment, like cuts, rashes, or even sunburn. The homeopathy works best when used in addition to topical applications.
* if you are pregnant, it is advised that you do not consume calendula. Sufficient studies do not exist to deem it safe for pregnancy.