CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (Marigold)
Calendula is known to have antiseptic properties due to its organic iodine content. Praised for its effects on the skin, calendula helps stop bleeding, inhibits infection, and promotes granulation of tissues to help heal wounds and burns. It prevents the proliferation of scar tissue. Calendula is used for cuts, wounds, minor burns, sunburn, acne, rashes, ringworm and other fungal conditions, diaper rash, and sore nipples in nursing mothers.
Calendula tincture should not be applied directly to a cut since its alcohol content causes stinging pain. It is best to dilute this tincture with a little water. It is also available in creams, ointments, and gels.
Calendula can act so rapidly in healing the skin that it is not recommended for use in deep cuts. In deep cuts, calendula sometimes can close and heal the outside skin before the tissue underneath is completely healed.
CALENDULA CAN BE USED INTERNALLY
Taken internally, an infusion helps problems of the gastrointestinal tract such as gastritis, peptic ulcers, and colitis. The herb is considered cleansing for the liver and gallbladder.
CALENDULA HISTORIC USES
Calendula flowers were used in great quantities during the Civil War to treat wounds and to prevent suppuration. During World War I the flowers were used as a hemostatic, on account of their ability to astringe the capillaries. Some of its constituents are antifungal [particularly the resins], antibacterial and antiviral.
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