Information on Calendula

Latin NameCalendula officinalisphoto
Other NamesPot marigold
Part UsedFlowers
Herb FormsTinctures, salves, oils, creams, bulk herb.
AffectsUrinary system, Integumentary system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA stout herb of the daisy family with elongated, tongue-shaped leaves and abundant bright orange flowers. A garden favorite; abundantly reseeds itself.
DescriptionCalendula is popular in ointments, salves, or creams for various skin problems, such as eczema, skin rashes, bed sores, diaper rash, varicose veins, bruises, burns, and sore breasts. The tea is used locally for sore throats, slow-healing wounds, or leukorrea and internally for fever and swollen lymph glands. The tea or tincture is beneficial for the healing of ulcers in the digestive tract and to ease gallbladder inflammation and enlarged, sore lymph glands. An extract of calendula flowers (combined with allantoin) was shown to dramatically accelerate the healing of surgically-induced wounds and prevent infection.

Calendula has a taste of SPICY, BITTER and a temperature of NEUTRAL.


Infusion1-3 cups dailly
Tincture40-60 drops 2-3 x daily
OilExternal use

Ailments Treated by Calendula

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Abrasionsanti-inflammatorycream or salve externally
Bed soresanti-inflammatory, skin soothercream or salve externally
Bee stingsanti-inflammatorysalve, externally
Breasts, soreanti-inflammatory, soothingsalve, externally
Cornsskin softener and soothersalve externally
Dermatitisanti-inflammatorysalve externally
Fleasskin soothersalve externally
Frostbitevulnerarysalve externally
Herpesantiviral, anti-inflammatorycream externally, tincture internally
Mastitisanti-inflammatory, soothingsalve, cream, or tea externally
Ichthyosissoothing to the skincream externally
Inflammationanti-inflammatory, vulnerary1 cup infusion or droppersful tincture, 2-3 times daily
Insect bitesanti-inflammatory, soothing agentcream, salve
Itchinganti-inflammatory, vulnerarycreams
Leucorrheaanti-inflammatorytea as a douche
Mouth soresanti-viraltincture (placed directly on sore)
Nettle Stinganti-inflammatorysalve, oil, cream
Pruritisanti-inflammatorycream, salve, or tea externally
Psoriasis, acuteanti-inflammatorycream, tea, or salve externally
Ringwormsoothing anti-inflammatorysalve externally
Skin eruptionssoothing anti-inflammatorysalve or cream externally
Woundsvulnerary, anti-inflammatorycream, salve, oil


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