Calendula

Calendula

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Calendula

Calendula officinalis

Family

Asteraceae (daisy)

Part

flower and calyx

Energetics

sweet, bitter, warm, resinous

Actions

anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, lymphatic, vulnerary, diaphoretic, emmenagogue 

Organs/Systems

gastrointestinal, skin

Description

Calendula is surprisingly effective at treating many conditions. Most famous as a great wound healer, it is used topically as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and vulnerary (promotes healing). Internally, it is therapeutic for swollen glands and infections where edema is present. For the female reproductive system, it is useful as an emmenagogue, and usually eases dysmenorrhea. The high flavonoid content (astaxanthin, carotenoids, etc) is very beneficial for eye health, not only for treating deteriorating sight, but also in cases of redness and irritation. In cases of fever, its diaphoretic action is one of the most effective. It has a long standing use as an immune tonic in Europe, lessening lingering stagnation and infections to lighten the toxic load before winter.

Cautions

Sensitivity to plants of the Asteraceae family.

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