Calendula

CalendulaCalendula officinalis

Part used: Flower

Energetics: Slightly bitter, warming, drying

Actions: Slightly astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic- bacterial and fungal, diaphoretic, cholagogue, lymphatic, vulnerary

Indications: Skin rashes, eczema, acne, cold sores, jaundice, hepatitis, gastritis, colitis, leaky gut, lymphangitis

Calendula, sometimes also called “poor man’s saffron”, is known for promoting wound healing and belong to the same plant family as vulneraries arnica and bellis perennis. The plant contains a naturally high amount of phosphoric acid and nitrogen, and shows anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, astringent and cholagogue actions. Calendula is rich in antioxidants, such as flavonoids, polyphenols, triterpenes and carotenoids. It may support oral health when used as a mouth wash, but a calendula infusion is mostly used to assist with menopausal problems, menstrual disorders, gastro-intestinal inflammatory issues or for supporting the immune system.[1,2]

Calendula is used in our Cleansing Tea.