Calendula officinalis is a popular medicinal herb native to the south of Europe. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, and is commonly referred to as Calendula or Marigold. Its name derives from the belief that the flower blooms on the calends of every month. Calendula was traditionally recognised as an herb for cooking and medicine.
Traditionally, Calendula was used as a local remedy. Its flowers and leaves were used internally and topically for its actions as a stimulant and a diaphoretic. Calendula was used internally to treat conditions of enlarged or inflamed lymph nodes, gastric and duodenal ulcers, endometriosis and varicose veins. An infusion of the flowers was indicated for fevers. Calendula lotion was indicated for conditions of the skin including wounds, acne, eczema, ulcers, skin lesions, burns and leg ulcers.
Calendula's primary herbal actions are: vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, styptic, anti-microbial, antiviral, antifungal, lymphatic, spasmolytic, antihaemorrhagic, antiseptic.
Calendula is contraindicated in known allergy or hypersensitivity to herbs or foods of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Herbs of the Asteraceae/Compositae family include ragweed, daisies and chrysanthemums. Foods of the Asteraceae/Compositae family include lettuce and artichoke.
Contact allergy may occur from use of Calendula preparations, however it is rare reported.
The use of Calendula during pregnancy and lactation is considered safe. No adverse health effects are expected.
Note: Please seek professional advice prior to the use and in the rare case of a reaction to Calendula officinalis.