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Calendula, a natural wound healing herbal remedy

Where does Calendula come from?

This herbal medicine is commonly grown in gardens because of its pretty orange flowers and its ability to resow itself.  Calendula is sometimes call "garden marigold" or "pot marigold."  Calendula is well-known as an effective insect repellant and also keeps harmful insects away from other plants.

Calendula is one of the herbal remedies that has a long history of use as a wound-healing botanical.  In Greece and Persia, calendula was used to flavour food and the ancient Egyptians viewed it as a rejuvenating herb.  Medieval monks used this herbal medicine to treat snake bites and liver problems.

Battlefield doctors used calendula flowers to treat open wounds during the American Civil War and this practice was continued by doctors during WWI.

Today, calendula is available in many different herbal remedy forms - topical creams and ointments, teas, tinctures and pills.


How can Calendula help me?

Keeping calendula in your first-aid kit is good practice as it is prescribed to treat minor cuts and abrasions, as well as minor burn wounds.  Calendula is also considered to be a good antiseptic cream that can prevent wounds from getting infected.

There are numerous topical creams and lotions available containing calendula. Calendula lotion is especially good to treat diaper rash and keeping a tube in your handbag or pocket is the ideal treatment for chapped lips.

Mild cases of sunburn can be soothed by applying calendula lotion to the affected areas several times daily.  Eczema is treated and symptoms kept under control when using herbal lotions and creams containing calendula.

This herbal remedy is of benefit to people with diabetes who often suffer from slow-healing sores and wounds as calendula speeds up the healing process and minimizes scarring.  Bed-ridden patients experience relief when calendula is massaged into bed sores several times a day.

Calendula is often prescribed by health care practitioners to treat a variety of intestinal complaints such as indigestion, colitis, gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers.  In two separate medical studies, calendula was proven to heal duodenal ulcers.  Further studies showed that when combining calendula with comfrey, the healing effects on the intestinal system was greatly enhanced.  People suffering from gastroduodenitis find relief when drinking calendula tea.

Tea made from calendula can be used as a mouthwash to treat gum and tooth infections, and as a gargle to treat sore throats and tonsillitis.

To relieve the pain and itching associated with bee stings and insect bites, rub the fresh flowers of the calendula plant directly onto the affected area for immediate relief.  

Calendula is often prescribed to treat varicose veins as well as spider veins.  Varicose veins are veins on the legs which become twisted and inflamed and can cause swelling, itching and pain.  Massaging the legs with calendula oil or calendula lotion twice daily can not only relieve the symptoms but also heal varicose veins.  This is due to calendula's ability to restore circulation and increase the skin's healing properties.

This herbal remedy is also believed to stimulate the immune system to assist the body to fight off colds and flu, and the antibacterial properties make it an excellent herbal medicine for a sore throat. Calendula is one the most popular treatments for fungal infections such as athlete's foot and thrush.  

If I am already on medicine, what are the interactions or side effects I need to know about when using Calendula?

Please consult your medical practitioner prior to using any herbal medications should you be under their care.  

Side-effects when using calendula are very rare, although some people have reported a skin rash and itching after using a cream or lotion containing calendula.  Simply discontinue use of the specific herbal remedy containing calendula.

There are no known interactions with prescription medicine.

How do I use Calendula?

To make an herbal calendula tea to soothe intestinal complaints, use 1 teaspoon of dried flower per 250 ml of boiled water.  Let it steep for 10-15 minutes and drink 2-3 cups a day of this herbal remedy.

When purchasing an ointment, lotion or cream containing calendula, ensure that the herbal treatment contains at least 5% calendula.  Apply to wounds, sores, scrapes and cuts and minor burn wounds 3-4 times daily.

To treat vaginal thrush, insert a calendula suppository into the vagina every 12 hours for 5 days.  These herbal suppositories are available at health stores and through health practitioners.

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