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Calendula

Scientific name

Calendula officinalis


Family

Asteraceae/compositae

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Background

Also called english garden marigold, souci officinal and zergul


Applicable parts used

Flower


Sentiment

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


Effects

Organs & systems affected

Integumentary (skin)

Immune

Gastrointestinal


Flower essence

Helps to accomplish healing warmth and receptivity


Mechanism of action

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

Nature

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.


Safety

Precaution & adverse reactions

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


Interactions

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


Dosing

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



Disclaimer: the information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded throughout history. With the information provided on this website, we wish to begin the journey to educate the community based on research, african holistic health, and herbal science. This information, in no shape or form, is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent disease, or make claims against products or companies. This information provided on this site is to make public information and information acquired from research studies easily available to you. Rooted vigor, llc is giving you the opportunity to draw your own conclusions and make your own decisions from the information provided. The information on this website may or may not have been evaluated by the fda. Seek advice from a medical practitioner as necessary.



References

Https://naturalmedicines-therapeuticresearch-com.ezproxy.fau.edu/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=235#safety

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

Http://www.powerflowers.com/blog/the_language_of_flowers_sentiments_from_the_garden

Https://www.herb-pharm.com/product/calendula/

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