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Preparation and dosage: blend 2 teaspoonful of the flower into 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Drink 3 x daily. Tincture: take 1 teaspoon, 3 x daily.
Calendula Flower (Calendula officinalis) Whole Bulk
Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
The genus and common name is derived from the Latin calendae, meaning the first day of the month, perhaps in reference to the fact that calendula opens as the sun rises and can be found blooming in some part of the world every month. The species name, officinalis, refers to the plant being an official herb of the apothecaries in Europe.
Range of Appearance
Calendula is native to Eurasia, but grows worldwide. It is grown as an annual, biennial, or perennial depending on weather conditions. It has hairy leaves and orange, daisylike flowers. It prefers open sunny areas, and like sunflowers, its flowers often turn to face the path of the sun. Calendula is useful in the garden in that it attracts pollinators and discourages Mexican bean beetles.
Flowers, leaves, root
Alterative, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, calmative, choleretic, demulcent, diaphoretic, immune stimulant, vulnerary
Calendula clears congestion, dries dampness, promotes the healing of tissue, curbs infection (by stimulating white blood cell production), and clears toxins and inflammation. In vitro studies confirm that calendula inhibits the growth of E. coli, staph, and some protozoas. It also increases peripheral circulation. It is an ideal herb for infections that have been trapped in the body for a long time. A twelfth century herbal recommends calendula to "improve eyesight, clear the head, and encourage cheerfulness." Today, calendula flowers are used to treat candida, cervical irritation, chicken pox, conjunctivitis, glandular swellings, hemorrhoids, herpes, infection, lymph inflammation, measles, mumps, smallpox, staph infection, stomach inflammation, thrush, and ulcers. Topically, calendula promotes the formation of granulation tissue. It is used in skin creams for its nourishing, scar-preventing, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is popular in salves for the treatment of boils, bruises, bunions, burns, chapped skin, cradle cap, diaper rash, eczema, hemorrhoids, herpes, inflammation, insect bites, sprains, sunburn, varicose veins, and wounds. It is excellent in the bath to relieve skin inflammation and in sitz baths to relieve hemorrhoids. It can be prepared as a hair rinse to get rid of dandruff, stem hair loss, and soothe scalp irritation. It can even be prepared as a douche to treat trichomonas and as a foot soak for athlete's foot. Diluted calendula tincture can be as a nasal wash for sinus infections, as an eyewash for conjunctivitis, and as a mouthwash for gingivitis. A couple of drops of warmed calendula-infused oil can be dripped into the ear to treat earache.
Calendula flower is both colorful and edible, and its petals have been used as a substitute for saffron to color butter, rice, desserts, and egg dishes. The flowers and leaves can be eaten fresh in salads. The flowers can also be added to liqueurs as a dyeing agent.
Calendula can be used as a hair rinse to bring out highlights in blonde hair.
Iodine, manganese, potassium, saponins, caretonoids (carotene, lycopene, calendulin, lutein), flavonoids, polysaccharides, mucilage, bitter principle (calendulin), phytosterols, polysaccharides, essential oil, resin
Generally regarded as safe.
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