Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula Overview:

Calendula is a staple when it comes to Western herbal medicine. It's broad action on skin and gut epithilial tissue health make it useful for many different conditions.

Topically, its antibacterial and antifungal actions make it useful for infections including impetigo, athletes foot, and tinnea. Calendulas soothing action makes it useful for treating skin irritations like cuts, burns, and rashes.

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Herbal Actions:

  • Vulnerary
  • Antinflammatory
  • Lymphatic
  • Styptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antifungal (Topically)
  • Antiviral (Topically)
  • Choleretic
  • Cholagogue
  • Emmenagogue
  • Astringent
  • Antiseptic
 

Main Uses:

Calendula is mainly used for topical applications involving the skin, including rashes, burns, cuts, scrapes, fungal infections, conunctivitis, sun burns, skin ulcers, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and trichomosis. it is also used internally for inflammatory conditions in the gastrointestinal tract.

 

Daily Dosage

Liquid Extract

Ratio: 1:2

1.5-4.5 mL

Weekly Dosage

Liquid Extract

Ratio: 1:2

10-30 mL

 

Part Used

Flower

Family Name

Asteraceae

Distribution

Mediterranean

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Constituents of Interest

  • Coumarins
  • Calendulosides

Common Names

  • Calendula
  • Marigold
  • Pot Marigold
 

Botanical Info:

Calendula is a member of the asteraceae family of plants, which is the largest family of flowering plants in the world. it is a member of the calenduleae tribe within th asteraceae family. This tribe includes 8 genera and over 110 different species. Other members of this tribe includes Osteospermum and Chrysanthemoides.

 

Research Overview:

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Clinical Applications Of Calendula:

Calendulas well known antinflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial actions make it very useful for a large variety of skin conditions and infections as well as some internal inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.

 

Cautions:

None noted.

 
 
 

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References:

For a list of references visit the full calendula monograph.