4 Calendula Uses for Your Health

| 5/22/2015 2:57:24 PM

Tags: calendulas, health, Chelsea Clark, Washington,

Calendula grows like crazy in our garden. As a family who loves color, we welcome the bright orange and yellow flowers that fill up the garden, but we still inevitably have to pull this plant out by the bucketful each year before it completely takes over. But maybe this year I will save a few of the extra plants, as calendula leaves offer a wide range of medicinal properties. The many calendula uses for health include treating diaper rash, healing wounds, and helping with side effects of radiation therapy.

Medicinal properties of calendula

There are many types of calendula, but the specific kind that is used medicinally is called Calendula officinalis (commonly known as pot marigold). It has been traditionally used to treat gastrointestinal ulcers, chronic infections, skin problems, wounds, and more.[1] It is known to possess many qualities that allow it to treat a number of conditions; these properties include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, would healing, and more.[2] There are countless potential calendula uses for your health.

1. Wound healing. Probably the most popular and well-studied of the calendula uses is wound healing. Studies show that it makes wounds heal better and faster by affecting the inflammatory response, activating antioxidant defense mechanisms, promoting formation of collagen, and more. Calendula may help heal burn wounds, surgical sites, and other types of acute injuries.[3-6] Many people use calendula oil in dressings to be put on wounds. There are a variety of topical creams and ointments that you can purchase at natural health stores for wound healing purposes. Find one with calendula oil as an active component and try using it to help anything from sunburns to cuts.

2. Diaper rash. Calendula is also one of the more effective natural diaper rash treatments.[7,8] In one study, calendula ointment was found to be significantly better at decreasing the severity of diaper rash symptoms than aloe vera, another great natural remedy for wounds.[7] Non-toxic and safe to use on the skin, even in babies, topical calendula creams may help you and your baby find relief from this bothersome condition.

6/1/2015 8:55:13 AM

When referring to the leaves of the calendula plant, does this mean the green leaves of the plant or the petals of the flower itself? Thank you

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