Calendula flower used in oils and creams is a wonderful treatment on the face and skin as well, and may help reduce and prevent wrinkles by stimulating collagen production in the body. It can be used as a natural moisturizer and is very soothing to irritated chapped and sun-damaged skin and dry hair.
Calendula provides one of its greatest benefits in relieving eruptive skin disorders such as shingles, and warts from viral infections. Calendula is considered to be an effective detoxifying herb that can help with the toxicity associated with many severe fevers and infections.
The fungicidal properties found in Calendula flower extract, make it a popular antiseptic herbal remedy. The astringent qualities help the capillaries function better; thus accelerating the treatment of physical wounds, cuts, abrasions, insect bites, muscle pains, bruises, varicose veins and other inflammatory disorders of the body.
Calendula also helps alleviate skin infections such as, fungi, ringworm, athlete’s foot and thrush. Calendula extract is gentle enough for baby’s use to ease cradle cap, diaper rash and nursing mother’s sore nipples. It has been used effectively in a sitz bath for genital inflammations or hemorrhoids as well.
This plant has strong antibacterial properties that work against some pathogens particularly streptococci and staphyloccoci. It is often used topically for lacerations, abrasions, boils, lesions and other infections. It has been recommended as a use in an ointment for first-degree burns and sunburns.
The flavenoids present in the calendula flower and its inherent anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties result in an ideal topical agent. It can be applied to the skin to treat boils, rashes, sunburn, chafed skin, insect bites, and other skin irritations. The properties of calendula make it an attractive herb for healing and soothing the scalp and combating dandruff.
Unless the user is allergic to this plant there have been no reports of side-effects or drug interactions when using this medicinal herb.
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