Calendula / Marigold




Calendula / Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula is originated from Central Europe and around the Mediterranean. It is a yellow flower, which is known since ancient times for its various properties. Its name comes from the Latin word “kalendae” which is interpreted as “the first day of the month”. Greeks and Persians have used the petals of calendula as a “garnish” in some of their dishes. The races of Central Europe used to add calendula flowers in soups to give them extra taste and flavor.

In modern herbal medicine calendula’s beverage is used for the treatment of ulcers and menstruation pains. Moreover, calendula is helpful for gastritis and gastrointestinal infections. The infusion of this herb can be applied externally, too. It acts against skin burns and insect bites, but it is also suitable for the treatment of wounds. In general, calendula is known for its moisturizing, cleansing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and soothing action.

Calendula can be added in salads to give its special flavor. Furthermore, it can be used in rice, soups, cakes, cookies or even bread. There is a special soup from Corsica which “secret” ingredient is calendula.

Health Benefits of Calendula

Learn AboutCalendulaBenefits Health Benefits 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 [...]

Mythology – Calendula

Learn AboutCalendulaMythology The early Christians called calendula "Mary's Gold" - gold of Mary – and they placed it next to the statues of the Virgin Mary. The marigold was also one of the most sacred flowers of ancient Indians and they formed garlands tying twine calendula stems and flower heads and placed them around the [...]

Side Effects of Calendula

Learn AboutCalendulaSide Effects Preparations of calendula flower are likely safe for most people when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Special Precautions & Warnings: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Do not take calendula by mouth if you are pregnant. It is likely unsafe. There is a concern that it might cause a miscarriage. It is [...]

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