Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Common uses: Skin health, wound healing, anti-inflammatory properties
Calendula, also known as marigold, has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its numerous healing properties. The vibrant golden flowers of Calendula are known for their soothing effects on the skin and their potential benefits in promoting overall wellness.
Scientific research has explored the potential health benefits of Calendula and its impact on various aspects of well-being. One of its primary uses is for skin health. Calendula is known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it beneficial for a range of skin conditions. It has been used to soothe and heal minor wounds, cuts, burns, and insect bites. Calendula extract or ointments derived from the flowers can be applied topically to promote wound healing and reduce skin inflammation.
Furthermore, Calendula has shown promise in promoting overall wellness due to its potential antioxidant effects. Antioxidants help protect the body against free radicals, which can cause oxidative stress and damage cells. The presence of certain compounds in Calendula, such as flavonoids and carotenoids, contributes to its antioxidant activity.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that Calendula is edible and has been used as a culinary ingredient? Its petals can be used in salads, soups, and other dishes to add color and a mild, tangy flavor.
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- Preethi KC, Kuttan R. Wound healing activity of flower extract of Calendula officinalis. J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol. 2009;20(1):73-79.
- Ribeiro-Santos R, Carvalho-Costa D, Cavaco-Paulo A, et al. Calendula officinalis L.: potential roles of its hydroalcoholic extract in wound healing. Front Pharmacol. 2019;10:1307.