Another favorite growing in our medicinal herb garden. This stunning flower not only brightens any day it offers some great benefits, especially for the skin!
Calendula officinalis, pot marigold, Garden Marigold, Gold-Bloom, Holligold, Marigold, Marybud, Zergul.
According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
“The calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or with every new moon. The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and the flowers are used to honor her during Catholic events. The Egyptians considered calendula flowers to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century calendula was used to color cheese.”
Traditionally Calendula has been used to treat a host of ailments including conjunctivitis, blepharitis, eczema, gastritis, minor burns including sunburns, warts, and minor injuries such as sprains and wounds. It has also been used to treat cramps, menopausal symptoms, coughs, sore throat, digestive upset, colitis and snake bites. Calendula has been considered beneficial in reducing inflammation and promoting wound healing. It has been used to treat a variety of skin diseases and has been seen effective in treatment of skin ulcerations, eczema, juvenile acne and psoriasis. It is particularly effective in soothing skin affected with rashes, burns, irritation, eczema and acne.
Calendula has been used to aid in healing wounds as well as internal and external ulcers. It is antiseptic, increases blood flow and promotes production of collagen proteins. It also works well as an anti-fungal agent when treating athletes foot.
Calendula has a high antioxidant content and is being studied today for possible anti-cancer benefits.
Many people use it in natural herbal hair coloring and lightening recipes, though I have not personally tried it.
We have found it to be extremely soothing and gentle for the skin. I have used it in homemade lotions and creams, homemade deodorant, and healing salves and balms.
Have you ever used Calendula? If so, what for? 🙂