calendula-herb-profile

Calendula

Calendula officinalis

Calendula is an annual flower know for its bright yellow and orange flowers. It's typically thought of as the go-to herb for skin related issues.

Calendulas colorful flowers were thought to lift the spirits and encourage cheerfulness."

-Andrew Chevallier

Herbal Profile

  • Common Names:
    • Pot Marigold
    • Calendula
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Parts Used: Flowers & Petals
  • Typical Preperations:
    • Cream
    • Ointments
    • Infused Oil
    • Infusion
    • Tincture
  • Key Actions:
    • Anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling)
    • Astringent (cleaning)
    • Antiseptic (disinfects)
    • Antispasmodic (relieves spasms)
    • Vulnerary (wound healing)
    • Emmenagogue (Stimulates Menstrual Cycle)
  • Energetics: Warm & Drying
  • Common Names:
    • Pot Marigold
    • Calendula
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Parts Used: Flowers & Petals
  • Typical Preperations:
    • Cream
    • Ointments
    • Infused Oil
    • Infusion
    • Tincture
  • Key Actions:
    • Anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling)
    • Astringent (cleaning)
    • Antiseptic (disinfects)
    • Antispasmodic (relieves spasms)
    • Vulnerary (wound healing)
    • Emmenagogue (Stimulates Menstrual Cycle)
  • Energetics: Warm & Drying
Calendula benefits

Common Therapeutic uses

Topically

Calendulas antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties makes it the perfect herb to use on most skin conditions. It can be put into a cream, salve, ointment or just infused into an oil and applied irritated and damaged skin.

Diaper Rash:

Calendula ointment and salves are great for treating diaper rash on baby. What better way to heal a tender babies skin than with the powers of such a beautiful flower. You can easily make a healing ointment yourself by using Calendula infused oil with beeswax. I make my own, with this recipe. If your not the DIY type you can buy an awesome one that I've used quite a bit on my babies here.

Sunburns:

To treat sunburns you can use the simplest method by simply making a strong Calendula tea. Once its cooled down put it into a spray bottle and spritz it gently over the burnt skin. Follow up with some aloe gel. Reapply through out the day as necessary.

Calendula cream would also be very soothing on burnt skin

Fungal Infections:

It's anti-fungal properties makes it great to help yeasty rashes, athletes foot, jock itch. You can take Calendula baths, and then apply the ointment or salve directly to the needed areas.

Wound Healing: 

Calendula can aid in wound healing by decreasing swelling and working to keep the wound clean. You can apply as a tincture or concentrated salve depending on the wound. In a pinch I've even made a strong infusion mixed with a bit of plantain to do a quick soak on wounded hands.

Calendula health benefits
Calendula benefits

Topically

Calendulas antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties makes it the perfect herb to use on most skin conditions. It can be put into a cream, salve, ointment or just infused into an oil and applied irritated and damaged skin.

Diaper Rash:

Calendula ointment and salves are great for treating diaper rash on baby. What better way to heal a tender babies skin than with the powers of such a beautiful flower. You can easily make a healing ointment yourself by using Calendula infused oil with beeswax. I make my own, with this recipe. If your not the DIY type you can buy an awesome one that I've used quite a bit on my babies here.

Sunburns:

To treat sunburns you can use the simplest method by simply making a strong Calendula tea. Once its cooled down put it into a spray bottle and spritz it gently over the burnt skin. Follow up with some aloe gel. Reapply through out the day as necessary.

Calendula cream would also be very soothing on burnt skin

Fungal Infections:

It's anti-fungal properties makes it great to help yeasty rashes, athletes foot, jock itch. You can take Calendula baths, and then apply the ointment or salve directly to the needed areas.

Wound Healing: 

Calendula can aid in wound healing by decreasing swelling and working to keep the wound clean. You can apply as a tincture or concentrated salve depending on the wound. In a pinch I've even made a strong infusion mixed with a bit of plantain to do a quick soak on wounded hands.

Calendula health benefits
Calendula benefits

Internally

Gastritis:

Calendula can be taken as a tea to help inflamed stomach mucosa. The lining of the stomach can become swollen due to stomach viruses, medications, GERD (reflux disease), and food allergies. Drinking a strong Calendula tea may help soothe and heal the irritated tissues.

Stomach Ulcers:

Just as Calendula heals wounds, it can help heal your stomach ulcers. Your stomach lining is like an internal skin, and when a strong infusion or tea sits in your stomach, the healing properties can start taking effect.

Internally

Gastritis:

Calendula can be taken as a tea to help inflamed stomach mucosa. The lining of the stomach can become swollen due to stomach viruses, medications, GERD (reflux disease), and food allergies. Drinking a strong Calendula tea may help soothe and heal the irritated tissues.

Stomach Ulcers:

Just as Calendula heals wounds, it can help heal your stomach ulcers. Your stomach lining is like an internal skin, and when a strong infusion or tea sits in your stomach, the healing properties can start taking effect.

Calendula benefits

Warnings:

Calendula should not be taken internally while pregnant because it can cause uterine contractions. Its an Emmenagogoue, which means it stimulates the menstrual cycle to begin. It's not known whether or not external application can cause issues, so to be safe, it's probably best to avoid while pregnant all together.