- Calendula is applied to the skin to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation) and to treat poorly healing wounds and leg ulcers.
- It is also applied (used topically) for nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the rectum and inflammation of the lining of the eyelid (conjunctivitis).
- Calendula is good for acne and nappy rash. An infusion is good for digestion and relieves colitis and symptoms of menopause.
- This herb can act as an anti-fungal agent; it can be used to treat athlete’s foot, ringworm and candida.
- Calendula contains chemicals, which have been shown in animal studies to speed up wound-healing by several actions that include increasing blood flow to the affected area and promoting the production of collagen proteins. Calendula also possesses antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects due to its flavonoid
- It is also used for treating sore throat and mouth, menstrual cramps, cancer and stomach and duodenal ulcers.
- In one small study of about 250 women undergoing radiation therapy after surgery for breast cancer, a commercial calendula ointment reduced the amount of skin irritation better than another commonly-used commercial preparation. Women who used the calendula ointment also reported less pain from the radiation. Investigations into anti-cancer and anti-viral actions continue.