Calendula Flowers, Whole
Calendula Flowers, Whole
The parts used in herbal medicines are the flower heads including the sticky green calyx and the beautiful yellowish-orange flowers of Calendula officinalis, best harvested in the late afternoon and used both fresh and dried.
Medicinal Uses: Various preparations (e.g. infusions, tinctures, fluid extracts) have a long use in folk medicine, particularly in the topical application to wounds, ulcers, eczema, burns, etc. and is considered one of the best herbs for treating local skin problems in first aid treatment with a lotion, poultice or compress. As a lymphatic, used to stimulate the drainage of enlarged, inflamed lymph nodes and is specific for the lymphatics in the breast and pelvic tissues. As an emmenagogue it has a reputation of helping delayed menstruation and painful periods.
Constituents: Antioxidants, Polysaccharides, Sterols, Volatile Oils
Medicinal Actions: Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Emmenagogue, Immunostimulant , Lymphatic, Vulnerary (Demulcent & Emollient)
Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Common Names: Pot marigold, poet’s mairgold, Cape Weed
Parts Used: Flowers
Country of Origin: Egypt
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. As with all herbal products, moderation is the key to avoiding adverse reactions. Care should be taken when introducing a new Superfood into your diet as overindulgence could lead to symptoms of detoxification.
Contraindications: Avoid internally in pregnancy due to potential emmenagogue effects and in known Asteraceae allergy.
Interactions: None known
Infusion: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 Tbls of dry flowers, cover and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes, then strain. (1-4 g/cup TID). The tea is drunk warm three times a day, half an hour before primary meals. A more concentrated infusion is made from 4 Tbls of dry marigold flowers added to ¾ (6 oz.) cup of boiling water from which four spoons are taken each day. To destroy the protozoan Trichomonas vaginalis infuse 10g of flowers added to 100g water and allow to get to a comfortable temperature, strain and use as a douche.
Tincture: (1:2, 60%), 1.5-4.5 ml QD, or 10-30 ml weekly.
Decoction: Marigold decoction which is used for treating dizziness and headaches, is made from 10g of marigold flowers placed in 6 ounces of boiling water. It is consumed by taking 1 to 3 teaspoons three times a day. It is also an excellent diuretic treatment.
Topicals: washes, creams, ointments, oils, poultices, suppositories, and fresh plant succus.