Calendula is a perennial flowering plant that is harvested for its medicinal properties. It is a common herb that is used in your everyday gardening for its aesthetics and beauty as well as in recipes. Native to the Mediterranean with over 110 species, more commonly known as marigold.
Some uses include, anti-inflammatory to skin and mucosa, lympagogue, vulnerary, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, emenagogue cholagogue. Specifically used for gastro-intestinal disorders by concocting a tea, that is used to help heal peptic ulcers, esophageal irritation from GERD (gastroesophageal) and inflammation of the bowels. It is an emenagogue for sluggish menses and amenorrhea.
Calendula helps to relive acute of chronically swollen lymph nodes, respiratory infections, localized infections and tonsillitis. Also used for poor immunity to further prevent infections through stimulating the lymphatic system. It’s also been known to be used as a mouth wash to treat gum disease and mouth ailments. For ulcers, sore throats, periodontal disease, thrush, sore and bleeding gums.
It can also be used for topical applications such as, rashes, stings, wounds, burns, sunburn, swelling, eczema, acne, surgical wounds, scrapes, chicken pox, cold sores, genital herpes, yeast infections and cervical dysplasia.