This Calendula (Calendula officinalis) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the third edition of this book with additional herbs, as well as updated and expanded information in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.
Calendula - Calendula officinalis in the Asteraceae or Aster family
Part used: Flowers prior to fully opening.
Taste/smell: Slightly bitter, salty.
Dosage: Infusion: 1-2 heaping tablespoons in 1 cup of water; or 1:5 dry liquid extract: 20-60 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water. Succus of the fresh plant or a strong, low alcohol tincture is optimal for topical applications on wounds. I put it into a spray bottle for easy application.
Mental picture and specific indications: Calendula is indicated when the individual feels worse in damp, heavy, cloudy weather. There is a tendency to get cold easily and is greatly affected by the cold. It is specific for wounds that will not heal and lymphatic congestion with a predilection for the chest, axilla and inguinal crease.
Use: (a) Antiseptic, (b) Anti-inflammatory, (c) Lymphagogue, (d) Choleretic, (e) Demulcent, (f) Vulnerary.
Calendula is a wonderful healer for all types of skin lesions. Calendula promotes the formation of granulation tissue by first intention. It supports normal connective tissue, aids in healing wounds, burns, bruises, boils, rashes and can be beneficial for infectious diseases. 39,40,41 Calendula is great for all lesions, but is especially useful for wounds that will not heal. It works great as a minor surgery spray/soak and I have used it for bed sores, diaper rash, internal and external ulcerations of different types and every wound imaginable. It is a fantastic first aid herb.
Internally, Calendula is helpful in lymphatic congestion with a predilection for the chest, axilla and inguinal nodes. It is useful for prevention or treatment of congealed tissue or tumors. It is also wonderful when used internally to decrease gastrointestinal inflammation and urinary tract inflammation. Calendula is very helpful in healing diabetic foot ulcers and human clinical trials have confirmed this use. I have seen Calendula salve work wonders for radiation burns.
Contraindications: It is contraindicated internally in pregnancy due to possible emmenagogue and abortifacient effects.
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