Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a genus of about 15–20 species that is part of the daisy family Asteraceae, and often known as Marigolds. Its beautiful flowers can range from light yellows to golden reds.
Calendula has a long history of being used for its healing and medicinal properties. Ancient Greek philosopher and pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides mentions calendula in his writings, and the ancient Egyptians used it as a healing balm to revive dry skin. Many cultures use calendula as a relief for fevers, toothache, and it’s long been used in Indian ceremonies as sacred festival decorations.
In modern pharmacological studies, the active oils in calendula have shown to have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, making them useful for treating acne, peeling skin, rash, soothing flare-ups of the skin, varicose veins, inflammation, and soothing irritated skin.
Quote from: A review on phytochemistry and ethnopharmacological aspects of genus Calendula
C. officinalis Linn. has been traditionally used in the treatment of inflammations of internal organs, gastrointestinal ulcers, and dysmenorrhea and as a diuretic and diaphoretic in convulsions. It is also used for inflammations of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa, wounds, and burns. Calendula is a cleansing and detoxifying herb and the infusion treats chronic infections. The dried flower heads have been used for their antipyretic, anti-tumor, and cicatrizing effects. Topical application of infusion of flowers is used as antifungal and antiseptic in wounds, marks, freckles, sprain, and conjunctivitis. Calendula tea is used for eyewashes, gargles, diaper rashes, and other inflammatory conditions of the skin and mucous membranes.
Due to the impressive statistics behind this power plant, we knew we had to add it to our product range, and have used it as the main ingredient with soothing Chamomile in our first range of Brewed Herbal Infused Soaps. We can’t wait to launch this new product and share our love of Calendula and Chamomile with you.