Parts used-Flower petals, (Also called pot marigold.)
Actions and Uses: Reduces inflammation and is soothing to the skin. Helps regulate the menstrual cycle and lower fever. Useful for skin disorders like rashes and sunburn. This herb is useful for neuritis and toothaches and is very good for diaper rash and other skin problems.
Phytochemical Content: Beta-sitosterol, caffeic acid, campesterol, kaempferol, lutien, lycopene, malic acid, myristic acid, oleanolic acid, quercetin, rutin, saponin, taraxasterol vanillic acid, zetacarotene, flavonoids, calcium, coenzyme Q10, vitamins C and E.
General Information: This sunny little flower brightens most gardens. It is a powerful vulnerary, healing the body by promoting cell repair and acts as an antiseptic, keeping infection from occurring in injuries. Calendula is most often used externally for bruises, burns, sores and skin ulcers. It is also used internally for fevers and for gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, cramps, indigestion and diarrhea. It is used in many cosmetics for its skin-soothing effects. Brewed in a tea at triple strength, it makes a wonderful hair rinse. Calendula is of interest to AIDS researchers because extracts made from the dried herb have exhibited potent anti-HIV activity. Because of its color and flavor, calendula-also known as “poor man’s saffron”-has traditionally been added to rice dishes, butter, cheese, salads, omelets, casseroles and baked goods. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar calls calendula her favorite herb for lymphatic swelling and congestion. Calendula was named the 2008 HERB OF THE YEAR by the International Herb Association.