Sunday, 27 February 2011

Plant profile : Calendula

Calendula, also known as marigold, has been widely used on the skin to treat minor wounds, skin infections, burns, bee stings, sunburn, warts, and cancer.
One study in breast cancer patients receiving radiation therapy suggests that calendula ointment may be helpful in preventing skin dermatitis (irritation, redness, and pain).

The whole flower heads and petals are used for medicinal and culinary purposes.

It is used to treat conjunctivitis, eczema, yeast infections, herpes, gingivitis, ringworm, athlete's foot, varicose veins, and other minor injuries and skin problems.
Calendula is beneficial in the treatment of nappy rash and cradle cap in babies, and sore nipples in nursing mothers.
In cases of slow-healing wounds, as well as burns, eczema, hemorrhoids and dry skin, it is most effective. It is ideal in for dry, dehydrated, irritated and delicate skin as the saponins and mucilage has humectant properties.
Due to the presence of carotenoids in its chemical composition, it has great re-epithelizing properties – making it ideal for general healing, wound healing, eczemas as well as fighting the signs of aging. The presence of essential oil and salicylic acid gives it an antimicrobial and anti-oxidizing action, which results in an antiseptic action great for any infections, including acne.
In other words, it'd pretty good on your skin.


2 comments:

  1. Oooh! Didn't realise calendula was so beneficial to the skin. I must get some and add to my body lotion concoction... seeing as I can't use your soaps :-( *sniff*

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  2. I will work on something for you. body butter perhaps... :)

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