Calendula | Wound Healing and More
Calendula officinalis Calendula is a perennial plant that grows in fertile soils in North America. Historically, these medicinal plants were used for gangrene and protection against the plague.
Calendula is rich in carotenoids, flavonoids, glycosides, steroids and sterols quinones, volatile oil, and amino acids. It has antiviral and inflammation-reducing properties.
Calendula has been known to control bleeding, and heal acne, irritated skin and skin disorders, GI issues, insect bites, stings, and toothaches. It improves the immune system, has anticancer and antitumor properties, hepatoprotective and antispasmodic benefits.
The main benefits of Calendula are its antiviral and inflammation-reducing properties. Many of its health benefits surround diseases and illnesses that are brought on by long-term medical problems.
In traditional medicine, Calendula has been used for GERD, peptic ulcers, and upset stomachs, but there isn’t much research to support these uses.
Dried petals can be used to create topical creams which can help with wound healing. Minor burns, minor cuts, and bruises may heal faster with this medicinal plant. It may increase blood flow (and oxygen) to the wound which promotes healing. However, it is not safe to apply calendula to an open wound without a doctor’s supervision.
Other medicinal plants that may help with wound healing are Motherwort, Turmeric, Honey, Marshmallow, Liquorice, and Garlic.
Calendula improves skin hydration and saggy skin, which is important for anti aging. Because it’s a potent skin hydrator, it can also prevent irritation, redness, dermatitis, and skin inflammation. It’s popular in natural skin care products for eczema, rashes, diaper rash, and acne.
Other Medicinal Uses
Inflammation, bleeding, toothache, rashes, acne, viruses, boils, abscesses, varicose veins, eczema, contact dermatitis, rashes, diaper rash, toothache, mouth sores, lymphatic drainage, spasm, and liver protection
Potential Side Effects
People with allergies to ragweed and chrysanthemums may have an allergy to calendula. It is not safe for children to take it orally, or for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It may also contribute to miscarriage or interfere with conception.