There are many ways calendula benefits skin. Marigolds, also known as calendula, have a long history of uses as anti-inflammatories and astringents. It has been used in tinctures, ointments, and washes for centuries to heal bruises, burns, cuts and minor infections.
Calendula Benefits for Natural Skin Care
Back in 2008, the competition was steep, but in the end one herb stood out. Calendula— commonly known as the marigold—was chosen as the International
Herb Association’s herb of the year. Not a more deserving herb in my opinion.
One of the most popular uses of Calendula is as a salve or cream ingredient because it decreases the inflammation of burns, rashes sprains, stings, and varicose veins. It’s gentle enough to be used as a tea to remedy thrush in children’s mouths.
Scientific studies prove that there is an increase of glycoprotein, nucleoprotein, and collagen at wound sites. It also has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, and anti-parasitic properties.
Calendula is said to be the poor man’s saffron. Besides adding color and flavor to foods, tincture of calendula helps inflammatory problems of the digestive system such as gastritis, peptic ulcers, regional ileitis and colitis. Calendula has long been considered a detoxifying herb, and helps to treat the toxicity that underlies many fevers and infections and systemic skin disorders such as eczema and acne.
Other uses include:
- A healing mouthwash for gums after tooth extraction
- Rub the petals of a calendula flower into a bee or wasp sting,to reduce pain and reduce swelling
- Infusion of Calendula helps reduce menstrual pain and regulate bleeding
- Infusion of Calendula can also be an effective douche for yeast infections
Herbal treatments have been around for centuries and are still being used today. There are many naturally grown plants and herbs that have almost magical healing powers, yet so many people in the world are unaware this type of help is available. Consider using Calendula if you have a skin inflammation. It has so many beneficial uses I’m sure you can find a way to put it to good use.