Posted by: godshealingplants | February 26, 2019

CALENDULA HEALTH BENEFITS

HISTORY

The Calendula flower has been utilized for thousands of years for its impressive health benefits. It is native to Egypt and parts of the Mediterranean but is now grown in every continent, usually blooming during the warmer months of the year (from about May through October in the Northern Hemisphere).

It was an important medicine in Ancient Greece, Rome and Arabia. It was most commonly used as a skin treatment, with preparations used for treating minor wounds, calluses, insect bites and stings, eczema, itches, burns and hemorrhoids.

Records show that calendula marigold flower petals and florets have been used in folklore medicine since at least around the 11th or 12th century.

ABOUT

It is a bright orange-colored flower similar to the marigold that actually has many impressive health benefits.

Calendula officinalis is its botanical name and is used to make healing herbal ointments, teas, tinctures and topical treatments that have been in existence for almost 1,000 years.

The calendula plant is a short-lived sweet smelling perennial plant that grows up to 80 cm tall. The leaves of calendula are oblong lanceolate are hairy on both sides and are about 5–17 cm long.

The flowers are a vibrant golden yellow which is 4–7 cm diameter encircled by two rows of hairy bracts. The calendula flowers may grow all year long where environments are suitable.

NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

Calendula contains many potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that fight infections, decrease swelling, improve blood flow, reduce muscle spasms, slow down effects of free radical damage/aging and more.

These include flavonoids, polysaccharides, linoleic acid, acid glycosides, tocopherols, triterpenes saponins and carotenoids.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Calendula is a medicinal flower that’s dried and concentrated in order to make ointments, teas and drops that are used both internally and externally.

Benefits and uses for Calendula include treating conditions, such as rashes, allergies, eczema and dermatitis; pain, swelling, muscular injuries or sprains; eye inflammation and itchiness caused by conjunctivitis and fungal infections, including athlete’s foot, Candida, ear infections and ringworm.

Due to their antioxidant properties, uses for calendula include:

  • Eases Cramps and Spasms
  • Fights Against Fungal Infections
  • Good for Digestion
  • Good for Liver Health
  • Good for Skin Wounds, Burns and Rashes
  • Helps Reduce Hemorrhoid Pain
  • Helps with Sore Throat/Mouth Ulcers
  • Immune-Boosting
  • Infection Treatment
  • Lowers Inflammation and Free Radical Damage
  • Natural Antiseptic/Anti-Inflammatory
  • Reduces Eye Inflammation and Conjunctivitis

Calendula oil can also be used in body massage.

INTERESTING FACTS

Besides being decorative they are also used in culinary and commercial uses, such as dyeing food products and adding color to salads (since the petals are edible).

Certain types of calendula marigolds have even been added by farmers to chicken or livestock feed in order to make the chickens’ egg yolks a darker yellow or butter a deeper orange.

HOW TO BUY AND STORE

Look for various calendula products in health food stores and online. Purchasing extracts or drops allows you to add a small amount to skin products you already have as well, such as shampoo or moisturizer. For the best results, keep calendula products away from direct light and moisture, and use the products within one to three years of purchasing in order to prevent spoilage.

Look for calendula products in homeopathic sections of natural health stores or online. Because the dose depends on the condition you’re treating and concentration of the product, always read dosage recommendations carefully or speak with a homeopathic practitioner for advice.

HOW TO PREPARE AND ENJOY

Calendula species have been used in cooking for centuries.

 

The flowers are a common ingredient in German soups and stews, which explains the nickname “pot marigold”.

 

The lovely golden eatable petals can also be used to decorate a cake. 

The petals can be powdered and used as a coloring and flavoring agent. They are a more affordable alternative to saffron.

The fresh or dried whole flowers can also be added along with the leaves in salads.

Calendula petals will give a rice dish a lovely color addition.

 

Calendula tea provides health benefits, as well as being delicious.

How to make Calendula tea –  add a tablespoon of dried flowers to a pot of tea with boiling water, turn the heat off and let it steep for 5 minutes.

Marigold tea is also beneficial for treating gastritis, acid ref-lux and ulcers, as well as reducing stomach or menstrual cramps. 

A WORD OF CAUTION

Calendula cream or body butter is known to be well-tolerated, even for people with sensitive skin. However, you should avoid marigold products if you have a known allergy to ragweed, daisies, chrysanthemums, chamomile, echinacea and other plants in the same family as marigolds.

For women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, little is known about the effects of calendula, so it’s best to get your doctor’s advice before taking any internally or using extract on the skin.

Do not apply calendula directly to open wounds without being directed to do so by your doctor, as this can cause irritation. Start with a very small amount on the skin to test your reaction, and then you can increase your dose slowly.

When taking calendula internally by mouth (including drops, liquid extract, tea, etc.), it’s possible to experience interactions when combined with certain medications.

Before using calendula to help ease a health issue, it is best to consult a health practitioner to get the right dosage.

SOURCES

http://www.drmercola.com/

https://draxe.com/

https://herbpathy.com/Uses-and-Benefits-of-Marigold-Cid1491

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendula

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DISCLAIMER GHP

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