The Benefits of Calendula

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One of the easiest  to grow flowering plant is Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) also known as pot marigold, it is a great plant and does wonders to your skin. The compounds in the plant help the skin from many conditions such as eczema and dermatittis. These plants are extremely versatile and can adapt to different soil and weather conditions. With a reasonable tolerance to both hot and cold climates, it can thrive well even in ordinary soil conditions. Unlike other plants, Calendula does not require regular sunlight and hence can be easily grown in pots under shade. Bright and beautiful flowers of Calendula are a pleasure to watch but this plant has much more to offer than beauty. It is known to repel insects in the air. Roots of Calendula serve as a good substitute for chemical insect sprays and therefore are used for bordering the garden to drive away nematodes effectively. So the next time you are thinking about spraying some insecticides, look into some plants such as Calendula that can help you acheive the same insecticide effect by earth friendly means.



What is the classification of Calendula?

  • Scientifc Name: Calendula officinalis
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • (unranked): Angiosperms
  • (unranked): Eudicots
  • (unranked): Asterids
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae (same family as daisies)
  • Tribe: Calenduleae
  • Genus: Calendu

Other names for Calendula : Holligold, goldbloom and mary-bud. According to the website,  planetbotanic it is also called mad skin plant but I am not sure why.



What is the history of Calendula?

Name derivation: The name Calendula has been derived from the word ‘Calendar’ as the plant bears flowers in all the months of the year. The term ‘officinalis’ has been taken from an alchemist workshop that was said to miraculously convert lead into gold and the ancient people believed that Calendula had special therapeutic values that could create similar miraculous effect when applied on skin .

Mentioned in Ancient books: The plant finds its mention in the ancient medical books written by Dioscorides, Plinius and Albertus Magnus. Magnus in 17th century wrote that Calendula was an excellent healer and can effectively cure animal bites, skin wounds and problems and spleen and liver complaints.

Current proof: Today science has found out several chemical components such as flavanoids, monodesmosidic and bisdesmosidic saponins, esterified and hydroxylated triterpenes  that make this plants products a magical cure.



What are the physical characteristics of the  Calendula plant?

Pot Marigold is also known by different names such as Holligold, goldbloom and mary-bud.

Where does it grow: Europe, United States and Asia.

Appearance of the plant: The plant is bushy having stems branching out in all directions with lanceolate leaves.

Aromatic: The plant does not have any aroma and

Flowers: Bears orange to yellow florets that mostly bloom during spring to autumn. The complete flower head along with the petals are used in medicines and for culinary purposes.

Compounds: The flowers of Calendula are rich in flavanoids ( O-glycosides of quercetin, isorhamnetin and kaempferol), monodesmosidic and bisdesmosidic saponins, esterified and hydroxylated triterpenes.

Oils: Essential oils derived from Calendula flowers contain sesquiterpenoids like, a-ionone, cardinol, and, helianthriol. It also is rich with carotenoids that give the flower epthelizing properties. Recent researches have indicated that stems of Calendula also carry medicinal qualities.



What are the health benefits of Calendula?

Parts used: Petals used as tinctures, ointments

Calendula oil is used for both internal and external use.

Treating Skin related infections: Topically ointments, oils and creams made from Calendula are used to treat eczema, yeast infections, conjunctivitis, herpes, yeast infections, ringworm, athlete’s foot, gingivitis, varicose veins, and for healing minor wounds and skin injuries.

Treat rash: It is non toxic in nature and hence creams made from Calendula flowers are used to cure nappy rash, sore cracked nipples of nursing mothers and cradle cap in babies. It is extremely effective in healing burns and dry and dehydrated delicate skin as it is replete with humectants properties.

Anti-angeing Cream: Well everycream out there today boasts of antiageing properties and looks like every herb you read mostly will have this. As to how much it is true let me know once you use it in our comments section. It is exceptionally good as an anti-aging agent and the presence of anti-oxidizing and antimicrobial salicylic acid makes it the best skin solution for treating skin infections like acne.

Internal Use: Internally Calendula is used for treating inflammation, small ulcers in throat and mouth, for improving digestion, initiating bile production, healing ulcers, regulating menstruation, and for treating colitis, hepatitis, pelvic inflammatory disease and swollen glands. It is also used in aromatherapy by infusing its petals in apricot kernel or almond base oil.

Hemorrhoids: Calendula can be applied as a creanmto treat hemorrhoids

Your Experience with Calendula: If you do use Calendula in any form please write in our comments form below about your experience with this herb.


What are the side-effects of Calendula?

Orally: It is not taken by mouth anymore.

Skin reactions : Calendula can cause certain side-effects such as serum glucose, allergies, dermatitis and reduction in lipid and protein when taken orally.

Harmful Dosage: Overdose of Calendula oil can cause drowsiness. 

Drug interaction: It has a history of drug interaction with antidepressants, blood sugar, narcotics, and glucose lowering agents.


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