Yay! Flowers! I absolutely love Calendula (aka Marigold). Not only do I enjoy to eat the flower buds in herb salads, but I also practice with it internally in tincture form and topically in lotions and body oils.
Calendula (Calendula Officinalis):
Also known as Marigold, Marybud, Pot Marigold, Garden Marigold and Gold Bloom. The name comes from the Latin word calendae, meaning first day of the month referring to the plant’s continual flowering pattern. Native to the Mediterranean. The flowers are collected when fully open then they are dried. Each flower has a bright yellow or orange corolla with a slightly bitter and salty taste and odor. Contains flavonoids, terpenoids, glycosides, carotenoids and volatile oils. Relieves inflammation of the digestive tract and promotes the healing of skin tissue. Has anti-microbial properties which help to fight infection, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastritis and other digestive disorders. Treats mouth ulcers. Relieves the symptoms of bleeding gums, gingivitis and sore throat (in a gargle combined with echinacea). Menstrual cycle normalizer for irregular or delayed periods. Helps against painful menstruation. May also be used as a douche to treat some cases of vaginal discharge. Helps relieve vaginal dryness and redness in menopausal women. Helps with sluggish digestion, constipation and bloating. Acts on the liver and gallbladder to improve the quality of bile, and digestive secretion from the liver that helps to break down dietary fats into smaller fragments for digestion. May also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Helps treat conjunctivitis, blepharitis, eczema, minor burns including sunburns, warts and minor injures such as sprains, coughs and snake bites. Effective for juvenile acne and dry phthiriasis. Is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-haemornhagic, vulnerary and a mild diaphoretic.
My favorite brand of Calendula tincture is from Herb Pharm.
My favorite brand of Calendula Oil is from Weleda.