Flowers have always played an important role in natural remedies, and calendula usage dates back to the 12th century. Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is the Mediterranean cousin to the annual marigold commonly found in gardens around the world. The plant has high amounts of flavonoids and is believed to fight inflammation and bacteria, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Used to cure a variety of ailments, the dried petals can be applied topically with a compress or tincture, or ingested in the form of a balanced tea.
Burns, Cuts, and Bruises
The flower can be used to create tinctures and ointments to be applied to mild scrapes and bruises, as well as burns to alleviate pain and speed up the healing process, according to Mountain Rose Herbs.
Dermatitis and Other Skin Conditions
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, early evidence has suggested that calendula can be used to prevent dermatitis as well as defend against skin inflammation in people who undergo chemo for breast cancer.
When applied to cuts, calendula fights infections and, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, speeds up the healing process by increasing blood flow promoting new tissues.
Researchers have found that calendula ointments and gels can be applied topically to speed up the recovery rate and healing of ulcers and hemorrhoids.
Swollen Lymph Nodes
The petals, when made into an ointment or tincture can reduce swelling in lymph nodes, according to the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and when ingested and help recent infection and boost immunity.
Calendula tea can also be garbled to ease a sore throat and, according to the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, treat canker sores and bleeding gums.
A salve made from calendula can help relieve and expedite the healing process from insect bites, according to Mountain Rose Herbs.
When applied topically in a poultice or compress, calendula can help treat and reduce the severity of acne, according to the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. As well as acne, the herb can also be applied to eczema and swollen skin, improving blood flow to the area.
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However, the flowers don’t have to used exclusively for medicinal purposes. Since they are edible, they can be used in a variety of recipes, including salads and infused teas. Calendula is truly a very versatile flower.
Please keep in mind that the majority of homeopathic remedies have little scientific research to back them up, but the use of herbs in the home for everyday ailments has been used for centuries. As always, please discuss with a doctor before trying of these and consult with a physician if there are any complications or side effects that result from using these remedies.
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