Calendula [Calendula officinalis]

Calendula or Marigold is one of the few herbs that spans from skincare to the kitchen to the medicine cabinet.

Topically, Calendula flowers demonstrate both astringent and anti-inflammatory qualities. Calendula infusions, ointments, and tinctures have been used to moisturize dry skin, reduce scarring, and heal bruises and burns, cuts, and the minor infections that they cause.

Historically, Calendula has been used across most of the medicine systems. In Italian folk medicine, the plant is used as an anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and fever-reducing agent. In Spain, the leaves are considered sudorific (or sweat-inducing). In Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine indicating that leaves and flowers are all of the above as well as antiepileptic and antimicrobial.


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