Also Known As
Marigold, garden marigold, holigold, Mary bud, pot marigold, Calendula
Native of Southern Europe
Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Typical UsesUse 10% Calendula oil to a 90% ratio of a lighter carrier oil such as Sweet Almond, Grapeseed or Wheatgerm oil. Use 30ml of this blend for a full body massage. It can be applied directly to a troubled skin area. To make Calendula tea: 1 teaspoon of flowers to 1 cup of hot water.
Folklore and HistoryIn the middle ages Marigolds symbolized jealousy. In the past, Calendula officinalis was used to colour cheese yellow (rather that than some of the chemicals used today!) It was called "poor man's saffron". In the 12th century,the herbalist Macer concluded that there would be an improvement in your eyesight just by looking at the plant. It was used as a treatment for smallpox and measles, in fact so much was grown in the Soviet Union that it became known as Russian penicillin. The religious sect The Shakers in America believed they were an effective cure for gangrene.
Calendula contains flavonoids, triterpene saponins, and carotenoids.
Except for the very rare person who is allergic to calendula and therefore should not use it, there are no known side effects or interactions. Not recommended during pregnancy.