Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that Calendula extracts have antiviral, antigenotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties in vitro. In herbalism, Calendula in suspension or in tincture is used topically for treating acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and soothing irritated tissue. Limited evidence indicates Calendula cream or ointment is effective in treating radiation dermatitis. Topical application of C. officinalis ointment has helped to prevent dermatitis, pain, and missed radiation treatments in randomized trials.
Calendula has been used traditionally for abdominal cramps and constipation.
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!