Calendula Flowers, Whole

Calendula Flowers, Whole


1 oz

LATIN NAME: Calendula officinalis
COMMON NAMES: Pot marigold, poet’s mairgold, Cape Weed
FAMILY: Asteraceae

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Historically, calendula was used to induce menstruation, break fevers, cure jaundice, treat open sores and for liver and stomach problems. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used externally for sunburn and eczema. Today this herb is most often used externally to treat slow healing wounds and to promote tissue repair.

Calendula Uses

Infusion:  Pour 1 (8 oz.) cup of boiling water over 2 Tbls of dry flowers, cover and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes, then strain. 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:  The marigold tincture is obtained by macerating 20g of flowers, freshly picked and put in 3 ounces of alcohol heated to 70 degrees and allowed to rest in a warm place for 8 days. To adjust the menstrual cycle it is necessary to dissolve 30 drops of tincture in a small quantity of water and then consume 3 spoons of the mixture a day. A spoonful of tincture, obtained from macerating four spoons of marigold flowers in 3 ounces of alcohol heated to 90 degrees and allowed to rest in a warm place for a period of 10 days, is mixed in 3 ounces distilled water. From this a mixture is obtained that can be used to treat pale or greasy complexions.

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.


Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family (such as feverfew, chamomile, or Echinacea species) should exercise caution with calendula, as allergic cross-reactivity to Asteraceae plants is common.

General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.


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