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Scientific name

Calendula officinalis





Also called english garden marigold, souci officinal and zergul

Applicable parts used



Symbolizes grief during the departure of the sun when its petals are forced to close and signifies joy when the sun arrives again.


Organs & systems affected

Integumentary (skin)



Flower essence

Helps to accomplish healing warmth and receptivity

Mechanism of action

Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, hypoglycemic, wound healing, gastroprotective, spermatocide, antiblastocyst, and abortifacient effects


Mildly bitter and energetically cooling

Plant constituents

Minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, phenolic acids, flavonoids, tannins, coumarins, sterols and steroids, monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, triterpenes, tocopherols, quinones, amino acids, and resins

Traditional uses

Calendula is used for fever, for inflammation of oral and pharyngeal mucosa, stomach ulcers and headache

Topically, calendula is used as an anti-inflammatory and for poorly healing wounds, burns, hemorrhoids, yeast infections and leg ulcers.


Precaution & adverse reactions

There has been report of skin rash for prolonged use in those who are hyper allergenic.


May cause increased sedation with use of cns depressants.

May also cause increase sedation with use of california poppy, catnip, hops, jamaican dogwood, kava, l-tryptophan, melatonin, sage, st. John's wort, sassafras, and skullcap

Pregnancy and lactation

Likely unsafe for oral use during pregnancy due to abortive characteristics.

There is insufficient reliable information available about the safety of the topical use of calendula while breast feeding


Herbal infusion: 1-2 tsp of dry flowered in 5-10 ounces of water for 5-10 minutes

Tincture: 10-20 drops three times daily

Our favorite pairings

Comfrey, chamomile, lavender , roses, mullein, and fennel

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Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.





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