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Calendula, a flower with precious medicinal qualities

Calendula, a flower with precious medicinal qualities

The benefits of calendula are concentrated, especially, in its orange or yellow flowers, which have been used by popular medicine to heal wounds and ulcers, as well as for digestive and liver problems.

Native to Egypt, calendula was introduced to Europe from the 12th century, later spreading to other regions of the world.

It is widely cultivated in Spain, England or Germany, but it is also abundant in the USA and Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina or Cuba.

In the Mediterranean area, its use dates from the time of the ancient Greeks, although it was already appreciated for its healing attributes by the Arabs and Hindus.

Scientific nameCalendula officinalis L.It is popularly known as calendula, marigold or tufted, among many other names according to different places.

In addition to the medicinal properties described below, it is an excellent ally in the Oranic garden to prevent the attack of aphids.

External use: For skin conditions and wounds

Scientific studies have evaluated the potential of calendula as an anti-inflammatory and healing properties, properties also attributed by popular medicine, that is, put into practice over time by peoples of various latitudes.

In the Monographs E of the German Commission - a reference therapeutic guide on the uses and characteristics of medicinal plants - it is considered that calendula flowers have a healing action, as well as anti-inflammatory in their external use.

In addition, it is indicated for internal topical use for inflammatory disorders of the oropharyngeal mucosa and for external use for wounds, even those that are difficult to heal, such as ulcus cruris (varicose ulcer).

Externally, it is used in infusions, ointments, creams or tinctures for the treatment of inflammations of the skin and mucous membranes, skin eruptions, wounds, boils, pharyngitis, dermatitis, insect bites, difficult healing processes, bruises, bruises, etc.

A Cuban study concludes thatCalendula officinalis L It can serve as a therapeutic alternative in the treatment of recurrent vaginal candidiasis - an infection of the vagina - after evaluating its effect through the use of calendula tincture topically.

ESCOP (European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy) indicates it in minor inflammations of the skin and oral mucosa, wounds or superficial cuts.

Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, the nurse included calendula cream in the treatment, resulting in “as an excellent option that improves healing processes, even in adverse clinical circumstances for the patient, cheaper and more accessible than what the market currently offers“.

It is also used in moisturizing creams for presenting similar virtues to aloe vera for before and after the sun, since it contains mucilages, saponins and other elements with great moisturizing power.

Internal use: For ulcers, stomach and liver problems

Popular lore has used it, internally, for the treatment of gastritis, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), spasms of the digestive tract, gastroduodenal ulcers, liver failure or migraines, although these uses do not have solid scientific evidence, highlights a Spanish monograph on the calendula.

he internal application of calendula is used to stimulate liver activity and therefore bile secretion, or for the treatment of gastric ulcers.

Since ancient times, healers in Europe have used calendula-based homemade infusions, extracts and ointments to stimulate perspiration during periods of fever, to induce menstruation or to cure jaundice - a liver disorder that causes a yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes- .

In the USA, calendula preparations - or "marigold", as it is known there - were used since the 19th century to treat liver problems, stomach ulcers, swelling or conjunctivitis.

Calendula preparation method

For skin conditions and inflammations

Cooking 1-2 handfuls of flowers in 1 liter of water. Apply as compresses, showers
vaginal, external use in general.

For fever, stomach problems, ulcerations, etc.

Infusion of 30-40 g of flowers for 1 liter of water.

First, water is brought to a boil. When it reaches the boiling point, add the dried marigold flowers, let it rest for 3-5 minutes, turn off the heat. Strain and let stand about 10 minutes, then serve

Take three to four cups a day.

Sources consulted:

  • ‘Spanish medicinal plants Calendula Officinalis L.’
  • ‘Use of calendula officinalis in the treatment of wounds. case report from nursing care '
  • Thesis ‘Calendula: influence of two variables of agronomic management on pharmacological quality’
  • "Calendula officinalis L. in the topical treatment of recurrent vaginal candidiasis"
  • ‘The Green Book’ - Ministry of Health Peru

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