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Calendula Health Benefits

The Calendula , scientific name Calendula officinalis, is a medicinal plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. Native to southern Europe, it was soon taken to other regions and is cultivated for both ornamental and medicinal purposes, in addition to being used in the manufacture of medicines and cosmetics.

Also known as marvel or golden daisy, marigold has yellow-orange flowers and it is from them that marigold oil is extracted and ointments such as marigold cream are prepared. In folk medicine, calendula can be used as a tea. Bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, healing and antiseptic action are some of the properties of calendula.

Because of its numerous medicinal properties, marigold was widely used in the American Civil War and World War I, where doctors used its flowers and leaves to treat soldiers’ wounds.

The properties of marigold have already been proven, so much so that in the United States, the medicinal use of marigold is very reliable and has been classified as an adjuvant, antiseptic and antibacterial, indicated for inflammatory treatments, for pain and for skin diseases. In Brazil, its herbal use is also approved by the Ministry of Health and is widely used to treat menstrual cramps, stimulate liver activity and alleviate gastric spasms.

In homeopathic medicine, this plant is also present and homeopathy calendula is used orally, including in postoperative periods, precisely for its astringent, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, calming, healing, antiallergic, skin toning and bactericidal properties .

PROPERTIES AND USES OF CALENDULA

The benefits of calendula are due to the presence of substances with anti-inflammatory action, such as triterpenoid esters, and antioxidant action, such as the carotenoids flavoxanthin and auroxanthin, present in its petals and pollen. In its leaves and stems we find, above all, lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.

The internal use of marigold is made in the form of tea or dry extract or in cooking, and can be used in salads, soups or as a condiment. As a tea, it is indicated for liver stimulation, as it promotes the flow of bile, for stomach problems, oral problems such as gingivitis and thrush. It is also used for relief of menstrual cramps and estrogenic hormonal regulation. Calendula tea for allergy is also indicated because of its anti-inflammatory action.

In herbal medicine, calendula is available in mother tincture, dry extract, creams, essential oil and massage oils, being its common use to treat skin problems such as insect bites, fissures, scars, corns, chilblains, burns, acne, ringworm, small wounds and also for inflammation in general, eye problems and headaches.

Due to the presence of saponins, resins and essential oils, calendula extract is widely used in cosmetics, for the manufacture of shampoos, lotions, soaps and creams. Several active ingredients are responsible for its efficiency in the treatment of skin and hair, including calendulin, a substance that gives the petals their orange color and responsible for the regenerating and healing action. Products with calendula are very suitable for oily hair and skin.

WHERE TO BUY MARIGOLD?

Its tea and dry extract can be found in stores specializing in natural products. Products containing calendula are found in compounding pharmacies and drug stores.

MARIGOLD PROPERTIES

Calendula is a medicinal plant that brings several properties and benefits, such as astringent, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, soothing, healing, antiallergic, skin toning and antibacterial.

When applied to the skin, whether its oil, cream or extract, it helps to reduce pain and inflammatory processes, accelerating skin regeneration. It is also useful in treating burns caused by a baby’s diaper rubbing against the skin and also treating varicose veins.

Its action on the skin goes further, so much so that it is widely used in the manufacture of cosmetics, as it is a natural moisturizer that regenerates the skin and stimulates collagen production, which helps to prevent wrinkles and keep the skin looking young for longer. While still working to combat premature aging, marigold has antioxidants that protect against free radicals that could damage tissues and accelerate aging.

The consumption of calendula as tea helps to fight gastritis and stomach ulcers, in addition to protecting the oral mucosa and treating thrush and gingivitis. To make tea, add two tablespoons of dried marigold petals to 200 ml of water and boil for 10 minutes. This infusion can be taken up to three times a day.

  • Beneficial for wound healing : Calendula oil is extremely beneficial for the skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it accelerates the healing process of cuts, scratches, burns, and can also be applied to heal bruises and insect bites.
  • Beneficial for oral health : the antibacterial properties of calendula are effective in killing the bacteria that cause gingivitis and cavities. Its anti-inflammatory property also helps in the treatment of thrush. Due to all these properties, calendula has been added to toothpastes, mouthwashes, soaps and shampoos.
  • Beneficial for the skin : calendula oil improves the appearance of the skin and combats premature aging. Calendula increases blood flow to skin cells, which improves tissue regeneration. It also has antioxidant substances that reduce the appearance of wrinkles and keep the skin looking younger for longer.
  • Calendula fights inflammation : whatever the inflammation, the calendula helps to reduce discomfort, reduce inflammation and your pain. Cases of arthritis and gout can be treated with calendula oil, as well as insect bites, burns and other skin lesions.
  • Beneficial for cramps : for women who suffer from cramps and discomfort caused by PMS, calendula has antispasmodic properties and reduce pain during this period.
  • Beneficial in cancer prevention : despite cancer being a multifactorial disease, some precautions can be taken in prevention, one of them is the calendula, which, due to its antioxidant action, is able to fight free radicals that can damage DNA.
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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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