Our Ingredients: Calendula
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is one of our favorite medicinal herbs. Gentle yet potent, we use this versatile healer in all our blends. Here are a few great reasons why we love using it.
Calendula, otherwise known as English Marigold or Pot Marigold, is recognized by its distinct golden petals. Calendula has a long history of use in traditional medicine as a tonic for the skin . A versatile remedy, calendula is considered a powerful antioxidant, and is among the strongest of antiviral herbs. Traditionally the flowers were made into extracts, infusions, tinctures, balms, and salves and applied directly to the skin to help heal wounds and lessen inflammation . A gentle herb with very few side effects, calendula, is considered safe for expecting mothers and children.
Calendula is high in plant-based antioxidants, known as flavonoids, that give its rich color and strong anti-inflammatory properties. When used on the skin, calendula may help to accelerate the healing of broken tissues. Calendula is often included in treatments for dry skin, burns, cuts, rashes, insect stings, eczema, and dermatitis .
A truly versatile medicine, external use of calendula can even help to ease pain . Studies indicate that calendula may help in cases of spasms, as it may help to relax tense muscles .
Calendula may even help to alleviate premenstrual discomforts like cramps and inflammation. The perfect ally during pregnancy, it may also help to relieve chaffing nipples and swollen breasts caused by breastfeeding. For these conditions, I recommend a cool compress or gentle massage with a calendula based balm.
The acids contained within the plant's natural oils have potent antimicrobial and antiviral properties, particularly when fortified with sunflower oil . The oils and acids are said to fight pathogens, as well as some antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. It is for this reason that calendula is a common ingredient in many antiseptic topical products .
Calendula is readily available at most speciality health food stores. For convenience, we recommend our customers try our herbal balms.
If you have a little more time, why not try a herbal bath?
Adding the fresh or dried flowers to a warm bath may help to lessen feelings of stress and nourish the skin. I recommend blending calendula flowers with rose petals and English lavender flowers for a luxurious home spa experience.
While it can be taken internally as a tea, we recommend limiting the use of external unless under the supervision of a trained herbalist. Pregnant women should avoid the use of calendula internally.
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