It’s not very common to find a beautiful flower or plant that can offer health benefits but that is exactly the case for calendula. Also known as marigold or pot marigold, calendula (calendula officinalis) is a common garden plant throughout North America and Europe.
Considered one of nature’s most healing herbs, the beautiful golden-orange flowers of calendula have been used as medicine for centuries, historically considered beneficial for reducing inflammation, and as an antiseptic.
Calendula cream is a natural soothing cream for dry skin and sensitive skin. Calendula has been used to treat various skin diseases such as eczema, poison ivy and poison oak dermatitis, minor burns, bruises, bites, diaper rash, wound healing, and skin irritations.
The petals and pollen contain triterpenoid esters, which works as an anti-inflammatory, and the carotenoids flavoxanthin and auroxanthin, both antioxidants and the source of the yellow-orange coloration. The leaves and stems contain other carotenoids, mostly lutein (80%) and zeaxanthin (5%), and beta-carotene. Plant extracts are also widely used by cosmetics, presumably due to presence of compounds such as saponins, resins and essential oils.
Internally, the soothing effects of calendula have been used for stomach ulcers, abdominal cramps, constipation, and inflammation. Flavonoids, found in high amounts in calendula, are thought to account for much of its anti-inflammatory activity.
Furthermore, calendula in suspension or in tincture is used topically to treat acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding and soothing irritated tissue. Considered safe to use, side effects are rare with the use of calendula.
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