Calendula (C. officinalas)

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Calendula oil is still used medicinally. The oil of C. officinalis is used as an anti-inflammatory, an antitumor agent, and a remedy for healing wounds.[8]

Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that Calendula extracts have antiviral, antigenotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties in vitro.[9] In herbalismCalendula in suspension or in tincture is used topically for treating acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and soothing irritated tissue.[10][11] Limited evidence indicates Calendula cream or ointment is effective in treating radiation dermatitis.[12][13] Topical application of C. officinalis ointment has helped to prevent dermatitis, pain, and missed radiation treatments in randomized trials.[11]

Calendula has been used traditionally for abdominal cramps and constipation.[14]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendula

Such a workhorse of a little flower! Who else has tried growing Calendula in their gardens? (Please note…it’s not just a regular little marigold, it’s a different plant altogether!)

I use Calendula in two ways – I grind it up and add it to my Gardener’s Soap for the color and calming qualities. I also infuse it in avocado oil to make my Calendula Salve – great for cracked fingers, burns, and small cuts. Also good on baby’s bottoms!  It also makes for a great Gardener’s salve after working in the garden all day. Made with local beeswax and a kiss of essential oils to round out all the goodness!

Cheers – and stay clean!

~ Karen

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