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Calendula

Also indexed as:Calendula officinalis
Calendula: Main Image© Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Calendula officinalis

Parts Used & Where Grown

Calendula grows as a common garden plant throughout North America and Europe. The golden-orange or yellow flowers of calendula have been used as medicine for centuries.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Eczema and Radiation-Induced Dermatitis
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Radiation therapy for breast cancer frequently causes painful dermatitis. Breast cancer patients who topically applied calendula had significantly fewer cases of severe dermatitis.
Breast-Feeding Support
Refer to label instructions as Marigold Topical1 star[1 star]
Marigold is a soothing herb that can relieve sore nipples. Experts recommend moistening the herb with boiling water, wrapping it in gauze, and applying to the breasts.
Burns
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Calendula is anti-inflammatory and may be applied topically to minor burns to soothe pain and help promote tissue repair.
Conjunctivitis and Blepharitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Calendula has been traditionally used to treat eye inflammation.
Eczema
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Topical preparations containing calendula, chickweed, or oak bark have been used traditionally to treat people with eczema.
Peptic Ulcer
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Calendula is another plant with anti-inflammatory and healing activities that can be used as part of a traditional medicine approach to peptic ulcers. The same amount as chamomile can be used.
Poison Oak/Ivy
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Calendula has been used historically to treat skin inflammations such as poison oak and poison ivy.
Ulcerative Colitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Calendula is an anti-inflammatory and soothing herb that may be effective in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
Wound Healing
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Topically applied calendula can be used to speed wound healing.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Calendula flowers were historically considered beneficial for reducing inflammation, wound healing, and as an antiseptic. Calendula was used to treat various skin diseases, ranging from skin ulcerations to eczema.1 Internally, the soothing effects of calendula have been used for stomach ulcers and inflammation. Traditionally, a sterile tea was topically applied in cases of conjunctivitis.

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