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Marigold / Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Marigold: Medical Uses Calendula is used externally for skin irritations and wound healing. Historical Uses Calendula infusion has been used for breaking fevers and treating conjunctivitis. It has also been used for its antispasmodic and stimulant effects. The tincture has been applied to sprains. It was used during the Civil War as an antiseptic for wounds. It is also called pot marigold. Growth A member of the Asteraceae family, calendula can be grown in herb gardens. It is an annual plant with yellowish-orange petals that open and close with the sun. Plant it in late spring in temperate climates; it prefers well-drained soil. Pick the flower heads when they open and dry them on paper in a warm, dark place. Separate the petals from the head and store them in dark jars. They can be used to make calendula cream or oil. Part Used • Flower petals Major Chemical Compounds • Carotenoids • Volatile oil • Mucilage • Saponins () Marigold: Clinical Uses Calendula is used externally for skin irritations and wound healing and for juvenile acne. It is approved for use by the German Commission E for wound healing. Mechanism of Action Calendula has anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties; Read more […]