Calendula: the 411

What is Calendula?

Calendula (calendula officinalis) is an edible annual flower and member of the marigold family (also commonly called the ‘pot marigold’).

This specific flower variation has been known for its extraordinary healing properties for centuries both topical and internal!

Where to Get It?

Calendula is a rather easy flower to grow and harvest at home. This is due to its long growing season (from spring through fall) and ability to self-sew. Alternatively, it can also be purchased at a local or online herb shop—like Mountain Rose Herbs.

Once bloomed, the orange-yellow petals are collected and dried to be used in the form of teas, oils, creams or tinctures.

What Are the Benefits?

Calendula flowers are both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial1. These healing properties make it one of the most versatile natural skin remedies on the planet.

Historians have found that the flower has been used to treat wounds since at least the 12th century and was grown in abundance in Medieval Europe2,3.

Anti-Inflammatory

The main anti-inflammatory compound found in Calendula is triterpendiol3. This phytochemical is a compound found in marigolds that appears to blend the flower’s naturally occurring oils into the skin, protecting the damaged skin surrounding a wound3.

Antimicrobial

Calendula also possesses anitmicrobial properties, meaning it can inhibit the growth of microorganisms and thus prevent infection.

Calendula creams and salves are used topically to heal cuts, scrapes, burns, diaper rash, sores, ulcers, varicose veins, chapped skin and lips and insect bites4. These natural remedies can be made or purchased at natural food and health stores. Some drugstores also carry topical calendula treatments.

Antioxidants

Calendula contains high levels of flavonoids (plant-based antioxidants) which protect cells from cancer-causing free-radical damage2!

In fact, Calendula flowers have the highest lycopene concentration of all plants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) database3. This phytonutrient fights cancer, maintains eye health, alleviates neuropathic pain, improves heart and brain health, and keeps bones strong5! It’s basically the jackpot of nutrients.🏆

Digestive Healing

The same properties that work to heal wounds when applied topically, aid the body when consumed internally.

Calendula teas are prepared to treat viral infections, heal ulcers in the digestive tract, soothe gallbladder inflammation and treat sore or enlarged lymph glands4.

Calendula also promotes the secretion of bile, stimulating adequate digestion and bowel function.

Recipes

 
 
 
 
 

Make this delicious nourishing Calendula Latte! It’s Vegan too!😊

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sources
[1]Ting, Deanna. “Special Ingredient: Calendula.” Better Nutrition, vol. 68, no. 7, July 2006, pp. 42-43. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=21331907&site=ehost-live.
[2]Strausfogel, Sherrie. “Skin-Saving Calendula.” Better Nutrition, vol. 77, no. 7, July 2015, p. 20. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=103181255&site=ehost-live.
[3]Broadhurst, C. Leigh. “Marigold–The Little Flower That Could … Heal Wounds, That Is.” Better Nutrition, vol. 60, no. 11, Nov. 1998, p. 26. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=1214635&site=ehost-live.
[4]http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/soothing-calendula/
[5]https://draxe.com/lycopene/
 


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