Latin: Calendula officinalis
Common Names: Marigold, Pot marigold, Golden Flower of Mary
petals, flower head
Triterpenes, carotenoids, flavonoids, volatile oil, chlorogenic acid, sterol, mucilage, saponins, bitter glycosides, resin, mild estrogenic
Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, lymphatic, astringent, emmenagogue, cholagogue, antiseptic, anti-fungal, wound healing, detoxifying
Possible allergen for those sensitive to the Asteraceae family. There is some concern with calendula use during pregnancy due to it’s effects on the uterus. Some professionals say to avoid internal and external use, while others feel avoiding internal use only is sufficient.
When most people think of calendula they normally think of it’s external healing qualities. While it is used most commonly as an infused oil in lotions, and healing balms, calendula is an amazing herb that has many internal uses as well.
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