Why I use Calendula Officinalis
Calendula is a very versatile medicinal plant that can be used in tinctures, salves, sprays and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as the minor infections they cause. You'll find it in the ingredients of Earthworx products often. I love the healing power and beauty of this plant. It's a joy to grow and is extremely useful once the flowers are cut and dried.
It's a Potent Wound, Ulcer, and Skin Healer
Calendula helps increase blood flow and oxygen to wounds and infected areas, which helps the body grow new tissue and heal more rapidly.
It's Antimicrobial & Antiviral
The acids held within the oils of calendula have powerful antimicrobial and antiviral effects. The oils and acids within the plant have shown to be effective in fighting pathogens, as well as candida symptoms (yeast or thrush) and even antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria!
The plant based antioxidants called flavonoids in Calendula protect cells from free radicals and pro-inflammatory compounds like C-reactive proteins and cytokines.
It Calms Muscle Spasms
The crude extract of calendula flowers has been shown to relax spontaneous muscle contractions.
It Improves Oral Health
Calendula is an astringent, which helps in fighting mouth bacteria and promotes a healthy oral environment.
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.
Calendula is generally considered safe to use on your skin. DO NOT apply it to an open wound without a doctor's supervision. People who are allergic to plants in the daisy or aster family, including chrysanthemums and ragweed, may also have an allergic reaction to calendula (usually a skin rash).
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use calendula. In theory, calendula could interfere with conception, and possibly cause miscarriage, so couples trying to get pregnant should not use calendula.
For more information visit https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/calendula