Calendula is a beautiful orange wildflower, the value of which has been established for many centuries.
Calendula, a beautiful and well-known herb
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a small annual wildflower with yellow/orange flowers, cultivated mainly in Europe, Asia and America. It is a plant related to daisies and belongs to the family of plants Asteraceae Compositae. Flowers are the part of plant which is used in botanology and can be used either fresh or dried.
Calendula is known for its actions since the 12th century BC and it was mainly used for medical and cosmetic purposes such as treatment of peptic ulcer, gastrointestinal disorders as well as relieving symptoms of menstrual cycle, like cramps. Although the above actions have not been scientifically documented, nowadays calendula is widely used in cosmetic products for skin and irritation relief.
Calendula contains flavones, saponins, triterpenes, carotenoids, sterols and various essential oils.
Its use is predominantly external, and rarely used in small quantities in homeopathic formulations. It would be advisable for products containing calendula to be stored in a shady and humid free place, for up to 3 years.
Calendula can be used in creams, oils, gels, blisters, tinctures or teas. It is widely used in toothpastes, mouthwashes, diaper change creams as well as in products for ulcer and burns relief.
Actions & properties
Burns, cuts and rashes
The main effect of calendula is to relieve skin irritation and accelerate skin healing. The above property is attributed to increased tissue oxygenation, resulting in faster healing. Thanks to the above action calendula is used for
- Skin irritation
- Baby rashes due to a diaper
- Elderly rashes due to a diaper
- Irritations from shaving
- Scratches and surface cuts
- Relief of hemorrhoids
It is suitable for all skin types, as well as for dry or sensitive skin.
Some studies have shown that the use of calendula creams help in the treatment and alleviation of dermatitis due to radiotherapy. In addition, thanks to its rich composition of flavonoids, it offers anti-inflammatory properties and reduces skin inflammation.
Precautions & Contradictions
Calendula is considered a safe herb, with no particular skin interactions. However, people who have allergies to daisies and plants of the Asteraceae Compositae family should avoid taking any form of calendula, as they will cause intense skin irritation.
It should not be applied to open wounds. Taking from pregnant and breastfeeding women (internal or external) is contraindicated, as there is insufficient evidence.
People who take anti-hypertensive medications or have diabetes are advised to avoid taking calendula through supplements.
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