This is one of my all time favorite herbs….I don’t know if it is the gentleness, effectiveness or just pure sunshine radiance that I love about Calendula. One of my first plant allies, this amazing plant is a true support to the immune and lymphatic system.
Taken internally and used in external applications, calendula is sure to amaze you.
This is one of the most amazing emollients (skin healer) there is in the plant world!! Great for any type of injury to the skin when there is a need for disinfection (anti-microbial) and healing (anti-inflammatory) that needs to occur. Great for healing wounds, burns, bruises, rashes, venous ulcers, bites, boils, eczema, etc. Calendula has been shown to regenerate growth of the epithelium in cell line models. In addition, it has been shown to help collagen mature, which explains why it helps speeds wound healing.
Coated sutures (used to close injuries or during surgery) containing Calendula were significantly better at reducing microbial colonization of the affected site in this study.
Calendula is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. All in all a great multi purpose antimicrobial plant ally.
Used as a mouthwash for any inflammation of the oral cavity.
Rich in polysaccharides, sugars (good ones), that positively affect the immune system and help our immune response become better at getting rid of things we don’t want in our body (i.e.; bacteria or virus).
Useful during cold and flu season as a lymphatic/immune support in combination blends with other herbs used to calm down illness including: Echinacea, Lemon Balm, Thyme, Elder, Garlic, Licorice, Mints, and so on. The flowers stimulate mild sweating & the movement of blood, hence why it is helpful to support the immune system as it gets things moving.
Globally supports the lymphatic system in the body. Some herbs work on specific areas of the lymphatic system, but Calendula is an all around good general lymph support.
It is great for congestion related to PMS and dysmenorrhea, thus if you have cramping pain before and/or during menstruation, this is a great herb for you to drink.
Calendula is Available in Many Forms
Calendula is readily available in several different forms depending on your needs, but the most common types we use in my home are the topical gel or cream for cuts and burns, etc, and bulk dried flowers for making medicinal teas and infusions.
It is gentle for nearly all ages, although there is empirical evidence to suggest that calendula is not indicated in pregnant women as it may bring on the menstrual cycle. Traditionally this herb is used internally and externally.
Calendula for Kids
This herb is a good one to have on hand in the house, especially if you have young children.
Great for kids: this herbs is super gentle and is wonderful for children externally in the varied ways listed above, and also can be taken with other gentle herbs internally, such as chamomile, catnip or mint for stomach aches, colds and earaches. I always give doses appropriate for kids. Before you administer to children, please learn more about appropriate kid dosages here: How much calendula do I use for children?
Great for diaper rash. I’ve used Calendula diaper cream on both my kids, and I can say it is pretty amazing at how well it seals, protects and heals that sensitive area. I personally love the Weleda Calendula Diaper Cream.
The Many Ways You Can Use Calendula
Tea: Drinking for any type of immune or lymphatic support: cold and flu, menstrual cramps, allergy season, supports detoxification pathways through its action on the lymphatic system. Strong tea: allow 2-3 tbsp of herb to steep in boiled water, covered, for 20-25 minutes. Strain and use immediately. Dried calendula is also great in an herbal tea with lemon balm!
Baths: Poison ivy, eczema, psoriasis, cuts and scrapes
Creams/lotions/salves/oils: Cradle cap, diaper rash, scrapes, wounds, cuts, sore muscles, bruises, stretch marks, acne, athlete’s foot, jock itch, etc. Basically anywhere you need skin healing to occur, you can think of Calendula.
Tincture: Internal immune support when you are sick, or others around you are sick. Great for those needing additional immune support such as the case with autoimmune conditions or low grade immunity (get sick often). This herb isn’t so much immune stimulating as it is immune supportive.
Homeopathic gel and/or pellets: The topical homeopathic gel is one of THE best remedies to have on hand for all things skin related, esp if you have children, as they are prone to boo-boos. The homeopathic pellets can also be used for wound healing, burns and lymphatic support.
Compress/wash: To clean out wounds, scrapes, bites, etc. Then apply the cream/salve or oil to help the tissue heal.
Gargle: With other herbs such as Echinacea, Myrrh or Goldenseal- it will help rid of a sore throat fairly immediately, especially when started early. Can use as a mouth rinse for cold sores or fever blisters, sore gums or achy teeth.
Eye rinse: For pink eye, sore and dry eyes from travel, a sty or any type of wound to the eye.
Garden: Calendula is a great pest control for the garden. So that means you can get chemical free pest control and grow a more wholesome and organic garden for you and the family. It is also considered a companion plant for potatoes, beans and lettuce through either their pest control or the fact that they provide each other with nutrients, probably a combination of both.
Now go enjoy the healing benefits and visual beauty of Calendula!
Your Wellness Expert,