(Calendula officinalis)

Calendula, or marigold, grows as a common garden plant throughout North America and Europe. The golden-orange or yellow flowers of calendula have been used as medicine for centuries.

Calendula flowers were historically considered beneficial for reducing inflammation, wound healing, and as an antiseptic. Calendula was used to treat various skin diseases, ranging from skin ulcerations to eczema. Internally, the soothing effects of calendula have been used for stomach ulcers and inflammation. Traditionally, a sterile tea was topically applied in cases of conjunctivitis.

What it does

Calendula is very rich in bioflavanoids and saponins. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, immune stimulations, soothing and anti-histamine.

Potential Uses

Blepharitis Conjunctivitis Sore nipples from breastfeeding
Dermatitis Eczema Minor burns
Peptic Ulcer Ulcerative Colitis Mouth ulcers

Other information

Calendula is most commonly used as a cream for topical application. It can be used for many skin problems where there is dryness, infection or inflammation. It is often used on minor burns, stings, sores, scratches and cuts. Internally it can be taken as marigold tea and is soothing to the digestive system.


Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using calendula.

This herb has a sedative action and should be avoided if you take anti-psychotic medication or anti-convulsant medication.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with calendula.


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