What is Calendula?
Calendula officinalis—also known as the “Pot Marigold”— is a plant of the family Asteraceae. Native to the Mediterranean region of Europe, although it can now be found around the world. Calendula plants stand out with bright yellow or orange petals and can grow up to 2 feet tall.
The flower is widely used as a medicinal plant whose antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory property make it a strong ingredient for healing. The FDA has approved calendula for use as a spice and as an ingredient in cosmetics, soaps and shampoos, body creams, and wound treatment, both internally and topically.
With the ability to address several health issues, this plant has the potential to make its way around your entire home: from the garden, to the kitchen, to the medicine cabinet. Keep reading to find out the 5 main benefits of Calendula.
- Heals WoundsCalendula is primarily known as a healing plant because of its soothing abilities. Although a gentle herb, the healing effects derived from Calendula petals are very powerful. It is beneficial for any wound healing you may need including insect bites, bruises, blisters, cuts, and cold sores. Topical application of Calendula is used to keep wounds clean and help new tissue to grow. It is often used to help poorly healing wounds, those that are exhibiting signs of tenderness, redness, or inflammation, to correct course. It is also effective in treating minor burns, including sunburn.
- Assists with Digestive and Immune SystemJust like topical Calendula can remedy external wounds and burns, it also soothes internal wounds and burns like ulcers, heartburn or IBS. It has a protective effect for the stomach that improves digestion by repairing the gut wall while relieving discomfort.
Calendula has also been shown to strengthen the immune system’s ability to fight off infection. This is likely because Calendula is antimicrobial, which means it slows or kills infection to prevent it from spreading. Its antibacterial properties give it the power to fight that lingering cough or congestion you can’t seem to get rid of.
- Hydrates and Nourishes Dry SkinCalendula has can be used to relieve many types of skin conditions that may cause dry, itchy, or irritated areas. It soothes skin experiences symptoms of eczema, dermatitis, and dandruff. By promoting the production of collagen, an essential protein for glowing skin, Calendula aids in sustaining soothed, hydrated skin. Although strong in effect, the gentleness of the herb often makes Calendula a skin care product that can be enjoyed even by many of those with sensitive skin, and who has more sensitive or delicate skin than babies? Parents tend to be careful when applying products to their babies’ rashes or irritations. But Calendula is so safe and effective, it appears in many products for babies. As a natural remedy option, it is often preferred for prevention and treatment of rashes and irritations that babies experience like diaper rash and cradle cap.
- Slows Development of WrinklesCalendula has also been found to assist in slowing the development of wrinkles. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in Calendula have been found to significantly protect against oxidative stress in human skin cells. Oxidative stress is an imbalance of damaging atoms and antioxidants. Oxidative stress plays a large role in the aging process as well as the development of several illnesses. Calendula allows it to keep skin hydrated and healthy making it a great component for daily lotions or lip balms.
- Reduces ScarringOne of the prominent Calendula benefits is its ability to reduce scarring when used to treat wounds. The Calendula properties that benefit wound healing apply to scarring as well. Calendula increases blood flow to the injury site, promotes a healthy healing process, free of infection, and encourages growth of healthy new tissue. In the cases of skin ulcers like chicken pox and acne, the herb softens and soothes the skin, preventing inflammation, boosting the immune response, which allows wounds to heal quickly and cleanly.
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