Calendula

CAUTION: an allergic reaction may occur in individuals who have sensitivity to ragweed and related plants, such as marigolds, chrysanthemums and daisies. Before using calendula oil, check with your doctor if you have allergies.

Anti-Inflammatory: Calendula has been found to have strong anti-inflammatory properties via powerful flavonoids. Paired with anti-inflammatory linoleic acid which is also found in high concentrations in calendula and pro-inflammatory compounds like C-reactive protein and cytokines. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent remedy for all kinds of inflammatory, issues like rash, dermatitis in people receiving radiation for breast cancer and even acne as some studies have shown.

Antimicrobial & Antiviral: The acids held within the oils of this plant have powerful antimicrobial and antiviral effects, especially when fortified with sunflower oil. The oils and acids within the plant have shown to be effective in fighting pathogens, as well as candida symptoms and even antibiotic resistant and even strains of bacteria! This is a big reason why it’s used in antiseptic topical products today.

Antioxidant: Mentioned above flavonoids protect cells from free radical damage.

Antispasmodic: Calendula can help prevent and relax muscle spasms. Data from one study conducted by the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at the Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan showed that the crude extract of its flowers relaxed spontaneous muscle contractions. This research additionally provided a scientific base for this herb’s traditional use in abdominal cramps and constipation.

Healing: In studies done for slow-healing wounds and various exposed ulcers, it was found that using calendula-based gels and topical ointments helped speed up recovery rate and healing.

Oral health improver: Calendula has become a popular additive in toothpastes and mouthwashes over the past years due to its powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It helps reduce gum inflammation as well as fight against gingivitis, cavities, plaque and more. It’s also an astringent, which helps fight mouth bacteria and promote a healthy oral environment.
Skin improver: Calendula oil might improve the overall appearance of the skin. A small 2011 study found that a cream containing calendula extract may promote skin hydration and firmness.