Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a flowering plant belonging to the Asteraceae family, which also includes the common marigold and daisy. Although calendula is native to Eurasia and Northern Africa, it is easily grown as an annual in the United States, even in cooler zones during the summer. Calendula flowers are daisy-like and are typically in shades of yellow and orange.
Historically, the cultivation of calendula can be dated to as early as the third century BCE, making if one of the, “oldest of all cultivated flowers” (Harvesting History). Since the 12th Century, calendula has been used by herbalists and backyard gardeners alike to treat an array of ailments, ranging from simple maladies such as pink eye to more serious ones like stomach ulcers and jaundice.
Modern research, which is ongoing, has shown that calendula does, indeed, have healing properties, although the mechanism is not yet well understood. The calendula blossom does have both anti-inflammatory flavonoids and retinoids which are, “plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals” (Mount Sinai Health Library). These plant-based antioxidants may be why calendula exhibits anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.
Recent studies have shown that calendula can help wounds heal faster; ease minor cuts, bruises, burns, or blisters; treat minor skin infections; ease burns caused by radiation therapy; and both treat and prevent dermatitis. Along with the many healing benefits of calendula, it also is considered an extremely safe topical remedy for people of all ages, which is unusual for herbs, oils, and other homeopathic remedies. For these reasons, it has become a staple in our shop.
We blend a calendula balm made from olive oil infused with dried calendula blooms that can be applied topically to any minor skin issues, such as the ones aforementioned. We also use it in our Baby Love line, where it can safely be used to prevent and treat diaper rashes in infants of any age.
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