Calendula is my go to flower in the summer. Behind those cheery yellow and orange blossoms is a whole lot of awesome calendula benefits. Calendula has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that aid in healing so many aliments. So, let’s jump right in and you will see why I love this plant. And as an added bonus, I included 16 different DIY product recipes that you can make yourself right now.
Let’s get started.
Calendula Benefits and Uses:
Calendula has been used since at least the 12th Century for a variety of aliments such as treating stomach upset, stomach ulcers, and menstrual cramps. The Romans used the juice from the fresh flowers to cure warts, jaundice, measles and small pox. Additionally, calendula balms and creams were used in the Civil and First World War as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agents.
It is known for:
Healing Burns, Diaper Rash, Cuts, and Bruises
Calendula applies to the skin can help heal bruises, burns, diaper rash and wounds. In fact, a 2011 study confirmed that calendula extracts applied to rats’ wounds healed faster.
Reducing Throat and Neck Radiation Effects:
Calendula helps to reduce throat and neck radiation effects. In a 2013 study, subjects gargled with a 2% calendula formula while undergoing radiation for neck and head cancer. The study found that the solution helped reduce damage to the mucuous membranes of the throat.
Helping with Insomnia
The tincture is used in homeopathy for the treatment of insomnia and mental tension.
Preventing Dermatitis for Breast Cancer Radiation:
Breast cancer radiation can cause dermatitis. A 2004 study revealed that dermatitis was significantly reduced when calendula was used versus a topical application, trolamine.
Reducing Ear infection (otitis media) Pain:
If you have ever had an ear infection, then you know how painful it is. A 2001 study showed that a homeopathic remedy which contained calendula as an ingredient was beneficial to alleviate ear pain.
Reducing Blood Sugar:
Insulin resistance has become an epidemic. A 2001 study revealed that calendula delays gastric emptying in mice and thus lowered blood sugar.
Alleviated Ulcer & Gastritis Symptoms:
A 1981 study revealed that an herb remedy which included calendula quickly reduced problems related to digestion and palpitations in patients with ulcers or gastroduodenitis.
Moreover, a German study found the herb reduces hormonal reaction that produces swelling of the stomach lining. According to Phyllis Balch, author of the book, “Prescription of Natural Healing,” using calendula may counteract Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium associated with both gastritis and peptic ulcers.
Calendula prevents overgrowth of candida in the bowel, which in turn helps reduce food allergies.
Calendula helps reduce inflammation and pain in the bowels. It also relaxes the digestive muscles to help with the bowels.
Calendula has been used to heal conjunctivitis. In addition, the tea is used as an eye wash.
Consideration for Use:
Balch advises due to the cumulative nature of the anti-bacterial toxins in calendula, it is advisable to use the herb no more than the earlier of 2 weeks or after the symptoms have subsided. Wait six weeks before resuming the use of the herb.
In addition, when taken internally, calendula can increase the sedative effect of medication taken for anxiety and insomnia.
Moreover, if you have a sensitivity to ragweed, you may have a sensitivity to calendula since they are in the same plant family.
Recipes to Make Your Own Calendula Ointments, Salves, etc.
Now that you have hopped on the calendula benefits train, here are 16 recipes for you to try.
- Calendula Lotion Bars–The Nerdy Farm Wife
- Boo Boo Balm–The Nerdy Farm Wife
- A Natural Remedy for Irritated Eyes–The Nerdy Farm Wife
- Calendula Oil Salve–The Nerdy Farm Wife
- DIY Natural Neosporin–Purposefully Simple
- Calendula Tincture— Cheshire Fields
- Self Care DIY Bath Crystals with Herbs–Studio Botanica
- Herbal Bathing–Brew Yourself a Tub Tea–Studio Botanica
- Self Care and Vaginal Steams–Studio Botanica
- Soothe Your Skin with Herbs–Studio Botanica
- Calendula Sugar Scrub–Homespun Seasonal Living
- DIY Skin Toner and Bath Soak–It Takes Time
- An Herbal Deodorant that Works Finally–Herbal Academy of New England.
- Calendula Infused Facial Toner–Growing Up Herbal
- Herbal Sinus Infusion Using Calendula–Fresh Eggs Daily
- Calendula Lip Balm–The Free Range Life
(PS If you are thinking of making your own herbal remedies, Jan of the Nerdy Farm Wife just wrote the book, 101 Healthy Products for Skin, Health and Home.)
If you are just looking to make the tea, HERE is a recipe to follow.
Where to Buy Calendula:
I grow calendula from seed, harvest it and dry it on the farm. All packages are vacuumed sealed for freshness.
So what are you waiting for? Go make some balm!
(PS There are a ton of other great herbs at Anna Lee Herbs that are waiting for you to whip into a product, sprinkle on your food, or make a nice herbal cup of tea. Don’t keep them waiting.)
****As always, the information provided above has not been approved by the FDA and it is not intended for medical purpose. Many of these studies were conducted with small control groups. Please consult your medical doctor or holistic practitioner before taking any herb especially if you are pregnant and/or nursing.****
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