Calendula flowers, also known as Pot Marigold, have been used both orally and topically for possibly centuries for their medicinal benefits. Calendula use has been documented from as early as the Romans for its antisceptic and anti-inflammatory properties. In 2011 calendula flowers are used to treat gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcers, stomach cancer and vomiting. These flowers are believed to treat skin conditions such as eczema, rashes, burns, and wrinkles. They have also shown to be effective with easing menstrual pains and regulating flow.
These flowers are often ingested as a tea, in pill form, or raw for its several apparent health benefits. Calendula flowers are reported to reduce the severity of peptic and oral ulcers. They have also shown to improve bile production as well as improve overall digestion. A few studies have also shown that ingesting calendula flowers may also ease vomiting, reduce fever symptoms, and lessen the effects of gastritis. Several components of the flowers help to stimulate the body’s immune system.
Many people suggest using calendula flowers topically for both medical and beauty purposes. The most common way to use calendula cream is for anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent purposes. Common uses include hemorrhoids, vaginal itching, eczema, burns, sunburns and diaper rash. Nursing mothers also use calendula to ease cracked nipples and to soothe engorged breasts. Calendula extract may be used in solutions to help combat ear infections and conjunctivitis, which is also known as pink eye. It is also recommended by health care professionals to help soothe wounds and bug bites.
Several cosmetic companies are now adding calendula extract to their products. This is because the anti-inflammatory and stimulating effects calendula flowers occasionally possess have been proven beneficial in terms of beauty. It is sometimes used to help reduce the appearances of wrinkles around the eyes and mouth as well as other signs of aging. The ingredients in calendula flowers may also speed the healing of acne, and the anti-bacterial properties assist in preventing future breakouts.
The calendula flowers contain several ingredients that make it a favorable herb for many ailments. They contain beta-carotene, lupeol, amyrin, rutin and volatile oils. Other properties in the flowers stimulate the uterus, gall bladder and liver. The entire head and petals of these flowers are typically used to create the salves, creams and essential oils, usually by boiling them down. Due to the internal benefits of the flowers, it is not uncommon for them to be eaten raw.