Calendula has long been used as a healing herb for wounds. Not your everyday marigold but a special species of the marigold family, Calendula officinalis. Its used to help acne and other skin problems and used to heal wounds. They used it as a poultice on the battlefield to keep infection down. Its also used for amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns as well as many other skin problems.
Latin Name: Calendula officinalis
Common Names: Caltha officinalis, Golds, Ruddes, Mary Gowles, Oculus Christi, Pot Marigold, Marygold, Fiore d’ogni mese, and Solis Sponsa,and Pot Marigold.
Flowers, herb, and leaves.
Antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties that prevent infections. Its action is stimulant and diaphoretic.
Creams, teas, tinctures, infusions, compresses, and washes.
Topical Uses / Applications:
Used as a poulice on wounds, Calendula was also widely used in tinctures, or herbal extractions with alcohol, and infusions, or teas made from the dried herb.
Calendula adds flavor to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads.
Calendulin, beta-carotene and other carotenoids, isoquercitrin, narcissin, rutin, amyrin, lupeol, sterols, and volatile oils. The flowers also contain complex polysaccharides with immunostimulant properties.
Generally Recognized As Safe. This herb can be safely consumed when used appropriately. Should not be used in the early stages of pregnancy.
The name, calendula, refers to its tendency to bloom with the new moon or once a month. It other name, marigold, refers to Virgin Mary and was used in Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary. The Egyptians believe calendula has rejuvenating properties. As well as being used as a healing herb it was used as a colorant in foods, fabrics, and cosmetics and was a favorite coloring used in cheese making.
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