Calendula – Calendula officinalis
The calendula flower benefits us both inside and outside the body. Internally, calendula helps with GI tract problems. It protects the lining of the intestines and stomach by limiting the effects of the bacteria associated with gastritis, peptic ulcers, and stomach cancer, and by inhibiting the causes of swelling and inflammation. It will thus soothe stomach ulcers and inflammation as well as fight fever, boils, abscesses, and recurrent vomiting. Because of the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities found in calendula’s orange petals, it is also effective externally. These two qualities make calendula a popular treatment for many bodily infections.
Calendula tea used as an eye wash does wonders for those suffering from chronic conjunctivitis (pink eye). It is also effective in treating ear infections. The ointment will both soothe an inflammation and will reduce the inflammation by attacking the bacteria causing the area to swell. It is also effective in treating other inflammations such as acne, burns, insect bites, hemorrhoids, eczema, vaginal itching caused by menopausal tissue changes, diaper rash, scalds, and sunburn.
Gargling with calendula water or tea has helped ease the pain of a sore throat.
In addition, calendula is used to treat capillary engorgement, chronic ulcers, varicose veins, and congestion.
Calendula flowers are edible, and may be added to salads cereals, rice, and soups to add flavor and color. The pedals can also be dried for use in teas as mentioned above.
Calendula provides an excellent base for salves, herbal ointments, facial creams, and lotions. Cosmetic creams containing calendula decrease the appearance of wrinkles and hydrate skin.
Calendula is gentle, cooling & soothing. A helpful oil for all skin inflammations, Calendula oil is also a good remedy for dry and damaged skin, rashes, diaper irritations, etc. Calendula herbal oil makes a wonderful baby oil and is also helpful for those with sensitive skin.
Calendula Oil was considered an old timely recipe for Eczema and other common itchy skin irritations. Calendula Oil may be used directly on the skin and as a base oil for Aromatherapy massage applications.