Calendula flowers are one of my favorite herbal remedies to Grow since they’re very powerful for health and on top of that, an attractive addition to your garden. Calendula has a rich yellow and orange color (depending on number ) which is beautiful and healing.
Spring is the best time to start growing calendula (more on That below), but I recommend keeping a few on hand year-round to be used in tinctures, lotions, and more.
First things first:
What Is Calendula?
Calendula (Calendula officinalis), also Called pot Marigold, is an annual flower that blooms regularly through the growing season. Native to the Mediterranean, calendula got its name since it appears to blossom with the calendar.
Its other name, pot marigold, is thought to come from “Mary’s Gold,” a name given to the flower in honor of the Virgin Mary.
Are Calendula and Marigold the Same Things?
Calendula is a kind of marigold. There are two genera of marigold — target and calendula. Taget marigolds, also known as French marigolds, are the marigolds many individuals plant in their flower gardens or kids plant in college. Of the two sorts of marigolds, calendula is the one used internally (and externally) for its health benefits.
Benefits of Calendula
Calendula blossoms have many benefits that could surprise you. Traditional herbalists have understood the benefits of calendula flower for Centuries and science is beginning to back those claims.
1 Protects Against Inflammation and Cancer
Calendula contains flavonoids and linoleic acid which both help combat inflammation. A 2009 study shows that calendula inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Calendula has also been found to fight cancer. A study published in BMC Cancer discovered that the anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating properties of calendula make it an interesting treatment to explorer for cancer therapy. In the study, calendula inhibited cancer cell proliferation and increased lymphocyte production (white blood cells of the lymph system).
2 Eases Muscle Spasms
Calendula is used traditionally in creams and lotions to ease muscle spasms. One Pakistani study found that calendula relaxed spontaneous muscle contractions.
Because of its ability to relax muscles, calendula is beneficial for menstrual cramping, diarrhea, and spasming or sprained muscles.
3 Aids in Menstruation
Amenorrhea (an abnormal lack of a monthly interval ) is one ailment that calendula can assist with. Calendula has been used traditionally to help induce menstruation. It can also help alleviate PMS symptoms like cramping.
4 Promotes Skin and Wound Healing
One Manner in which calendula can help with wound healing is by Stimulating tissue and collagen production.
Animals treated with topical calendula within one research Printed from the journal of Fundamental and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology needed a 90 percent wound closing in comparison to 51 percent in the control group. The study concluded there was”powerful wound healing” found.
Because of its anti inflammatory properties, calendula may Reduce pain and swelling also. A 2004 study found It Can relieve the pain Of psoriasis in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation.
5 Acts as an Antiseptic and Antifungal
Among the most interesting benefits of calendula is it Is antifungal and antiseptic. As a result of this, calendula oil, tea, and ointment may be used in the treatment of minor eye and skin infections as well as general skin conditions. A 2013 review found that calendula has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, and may be used effectively to treat skin conditions.
Diaper rash, and skin fixes among other uses.
Calendula can also help reduce plaque and gingivitis because Of its antiseptic land, based on a 2013 study.
6 For Beauty & Color!
Calendula is a wonderful all-natural remedy but it may (and has for centuries) been utilized in other ways.
Calendula can be utilized as a food or cloth dye, brighten summer salads (yes the petals are edible!) , also for spiritual and religious uses. They are also beautiful so they make a wonderful table decoration. As it blooms throughout the summer you won’t ever be without blossoms!
How to Use Calendula?
I keep calendula around the house. I create Calendula-infused oil to create many of the following products.
There are infinite ways to use calendula and since it’s so Mild you can safely experiment with incorporating calendula to your treasured personal Care solutions.
Is Calendula Safe?
Calendula is usually considered secure. However, those with allergies to the Asteraceae (daisy) family might have side effects that have rashes and other allergic reactions.
Also because calendula can induce menstruation, many medical professionals would advise pregnant women, pregnant, and trying-to-conceive women to steer clear of the herb. As always consult your doctor to find out whether calendula is right for you.
Where to Get Calendula
The best and least expensive option is to grow it yourself During the summer, but if that isn’t an alternative,
Calendula is so easy to Develop even People who think they have A black rule could do it. Calendula has very funny appearing seeds which look a Little bit like dried worms up ( making them an enjoyable seed to plant with kids). One seed develops a huge plant (approximately 2 ft tall) and produces many flowers.
To grow: Plant calendula seeds in the spring outside in sunlight after the risk of frost. You might also start them indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Calendula can also be grown indoors with sufficient sun or a lamp.
To harvest: Cut flowers just after they’ve bloomed. Cutting the flowers stimulates the plant to create more. Since calendula blooms every month, you are able to get a fantastic source of calendula from just a couple of plants. The seeds are really easy to save too!