The Calendula plant is one of nature's all round healing salves. Its primary use is as a skin healer, and it deserves its place as a traditional first aid botanical.
Calendula oil is an excellent anti-oxidant source. This beautiful orange and yellow oil is rich in carotenes and carotenoid and this gives it its radiant colour. These phyto chemicals are pre-cursers to the production of Vitamin A. Calendula, also known as Marigold oil is anti-inflammatory and very good for damaged bruised and wounded skin. It is recommended for use in the case of eczema, rashes and chapping.
Calendula is also known to be good for regulating the menstrual cycle and bringing relief from heavy periods.
Its anti-fungal qualities make it useful for gentle detoxification. It is indicated for use in the treatment of Candida.
It is such a gentle healer so it can be safely and effectively used for children's first aid and minor complaints.
Calendula or Marigold tea can be drank to nourish the skin, act as an internal anti-fungal agent and soothe the intestinal tract. This tea is also delicious and mildly detoxifying.
Calendula or Marigold oil can be used in skin care and in body massage, it can also be applied directly to a damaged skin area.