Calendula, well known as one of the ornamental marigolds, blooms month after month from early spring to first frost. Because "calend" means month in Latin, the plant's lengthy flowering season is believed to have given calendula its name. The herb has been used to heal wounds and treat inflamed skin since ancient times.
What Is Calendula Used for Today?
Creams made with calendula flower are a nearly ubiquitous item in the German medicine chest, used for everything from children's scrapes to eczema , burns , and poorly healing wounds. These same German products are widely available in the United States as well.
Calendula cream is also used to soothe hemorrhoids and varicose veins , and the tea reportedly reduces the discomfort of canker sores . However, as yet there is no scientific evidence for any of these uses.
Calendula cream is generally applied 2 or 3 times daily to the affected area. For oral use as a mouthwash, pour boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of calendula flowers and allow to steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
Interactions You Should Know About
If you are taking
- Sedative drugs: Calendula might increase the sedative effect.
- Medications to reduce blood pressure: Internal use of calendula might amplify the blood pressure-lowering effect.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -