Calendula

Summary

Medicinal plant used as healing and anti-inflammatory, mainly against blows and injuries. It is usually presented in the form of an ointment (calendula ointment).

names

Portuguese name: marigold, love-me-not, love-me-not, marvel, bonina, daisy
Binomial name: Calendula officinalis L.
French name: Calendula , Souci des gardens
English name: marigold
German name: Ringelblume
Italian name: calendula

Family

Asteraceae

Constituents

Essential oils, bitter glycosides, flavonoids, triterpenoids, malic acid, carotene, salicylic acid

parts used

Seeds, leaves, flowers, essential oil

Effects

External use:
– Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant, healing (it favors the formation of granulation tissue), hemostatic, antioxidant.

Internal use:
– Sudorific, diuretic, blood purifier and immunostimulant.

Indications – Benefits of calendula

In external use (cream, ointment, lotion, ovule):
Skin lesions: wounds , bruises, contusions , light burns , sunburn , athlete’s foot , vaginal mycoses , “bruises” (ecchymoses), bruises , impetigo , anal itching , boils , insect bites , helps to heal diabetic wounds ,  hemorrhoids , eczema , diaper rash , varicose veins , blisters .

° Be careful not to apply calendula ointment to an open (bleeding) wound!

In internal use:
Liver problems (liver problems), complicated menstruation, sore throat (gargling) , cough , cold , fever .

Secundary effects

Internal use: Nausea, vomiting.

contraindications

Open wounds (in external use), pregnant women.

Interactions

unknown

Calendula-based preparations

– Calendula ointment or cream

– Calendula tincture

– Infusion (for external use, in case of mycosis of the feet)

– Decoction

– Calendula spray (helps heal diabetic wounds, sold in Brazil at compounding pharmacies)

– mother tincture

– Baths

– Spray against eczema based on calendula

Where does calendula grow?

Calendula grows preferably in temperate regions (Mediterranean). It is grown in southern Brazil.

When to harvest marigold flowers?

Calendula flowers are harvested in summer.

Comments

– Calendula is a plant widely used to treat wounds or inflammation, its effectiveness is already more than proven. Also, when used internally, this plant is very effective against liver problems and sore throats.
Heads up ! Do not apply calendula-based ointment to an open (bleeding) wound.

– If you collect the calendula flowers yourself, dry them quickly to avoid losing their properties. To dry the flowers, if possible do so on neutral paper, do not use newspaper (as the ink may contain harmful substances). The ideal is to use a dryer. You can make it yourself using wooden frames and a mosquito net. More information on harvesting and drying medicinal plants

– Its generic name, Calendula, comes from the Latin Kalendae, which means the first day of the month in the Roman calendar. It is on the first day of each month that the marigold blooms, hence the first term of the binomial name ( Calendula officinalis ).

– Calendula was already used at the time by the Indians, Arabs, Romans or even by the (ancient) Greeks in their medicinal cures. The Romans notably used calendula juice against warts.
In the Middle Ages, calendula was a plant that was also widely used, for example, against digestive disorders.
It is estimated that calendula has been used for its medicinal use since at least the 12th century.

– At the time, the petals of calendula flowers were especially used to give a yellowish-orange tone to cheese or butter.

– There are numerous varieties of calendula, with flowers of very different colors.

– Calendula flowers are slightly fragrant.

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