The calendula , whose scientific name is Calendula officinalis , is a medicinal plant classified in the family Asteraceae. It is grouped together with daisies, arnica, and dandelions. It is a native plant of the Mediterranean, so its distribution is quite wide in the countries of Europe. Currently, it can be found worldwide as an ornamental or wild plantCalendula, depending on the region in which it is grown, receives different names, the most common being calendula , mercadela and buttercup . It is a small plant with an average height of 40 cm, with lanceolate leaves and yellow or yellow-orange flowers, ligulate and similar to camomiles and daisies.There are many varieties within the marigold genus, but the most used in traditional medicine is Calendula officinalis , which has been resorted to by the ancient Egyptian civilization and whose properties have been treated by the Greeks and Romans, becoming included as one of the plants that King Charlemagne ordered to be planted in all the villas.

What is calendula for?

Calendula’s main function is as a healing and anti-inflammatory , which is why many herbal, homeopathic and medicinal preparations include it, resulting in ointments and creams. The parts that contain more active components in calendula are the flowers and leaves, the flowers being the first in concentration of substances.

It is common to use calendula flowers in infusions or tinctures , either fresh or semi-dry, as their effects disappear when the moisture completely evaporates from them. Numerous properties are attributed to this plant, but it is still unknown if any of them have any scientific basis.

Marigold is used for:

  • Remedy symptoms and discomforts
  • Treat skin lesions
  • Heal bumps and bruises
  • Treat internal wounds and tonsillitis

It serves to remedy the following symptoms and discomforts:

The Calendula officinalis is prepared for the treatment of diseases and conditions such as:

  • Acne
  • Scars
  • Wounds
  • Dry skin
  • Minor burns
  • Scrapes
  • Inflammation
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Mild skin infections
  • Vaginal infections
  • Spots on the skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Itch
  • Dermatitis
  • Blisters
  • Hits
  • Anger
  • Ulcers
  • Mild indigestion
  • Diaper rashes
  • Dysmenorrhea (irregular menstruation)
  • Tonsillitis
  • Sores

Helps treat skin lesions

Calendula is prepared in the form of ointments and creams.

According to clinical studies, it has been proven that Calendula officinalis is effective as a healing, emollient and anti-inflammatory, because it contains substances such as:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Malic acid
  • Gentisic acid
  • Mucilago
  • Quercetin
  • Flavonoids
  • Terpenoids
  • Cariofileno

All these substances have medicinal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, all of them in sufficient and effective quantities. Mucilage, salicylic acid, and flavonoids aid in the regeneration of the skin during healing .

For this reason, calendula has been used since ancient times in plasters, ointments and poultices, to treat wounds, warts and skin infections, and is currently applied to post-surgical wounds and skin diseases.

Heal bumps and bruises

Calendula has been used to reduce inflammation of the bumps, as its anti-inflammatory effects are similar to those of arnica, although milder and slower. In addition, it has antiseptic properties , so its oil, tincture and infusion are also used to disinfect wounds, eliminate some fungi and treat other infections.

It is used to treat internal wounds and tonsillitis

It is common for herbalists and homeopaths to recommend calendula to treat internal wounds, such as ulcers, surgical wounds, and injuries or bumps. In conventional medicine there are those who use calendula to treat ulcers of the stomach and mouth . In addition to these purposes, this plant can help soothe tonsillitis .

Can calendula cause side effects?

Marigold flower

Calendula itself can cause adverse effects in situations such as:

  • Allergic patients
  • Patients with weakened immune systems
  • Application on the eyes, very exposed wounds or mucous membranes; especially the tincture or oil can irritate or burn the affected area.
  • Pregnant women
  • Lactating women

This article is informational in nature and is not a substitute for professional medical opinion. Consult a doctor.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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