Calendula (or Marigold), Calendula officinalis, is a beautiful bright orange, daisy-like flower that I hold particularly dear. In fact, I often used this herb to produce ointments since it is incredibly valuable for skin complaints and it is renowned to improve the overall appearance of the skin.
It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it helpful as a wound healer and in soothing sore, inflamed, and itchy skin. It is, therefore, particularly indicated in treating minor wounds, scalds and burns, sunburns, scrapes, acne, ulcers, sores, diaper rashes, psoriasis, eczema, and related conditions. It can also be used to prepare homemade beauty products that will provide nutrition and deep hydration to dry skin.
Calendula can also be taken internally. Its tea is used in herbal medicine for its antispasmodic properties to provide relief from cramps, as well as for soothing stomach ulcers and to calm digestive issues. As a mouthwash, it can help to heal mouth ulcers and to soothe inflamed gums and sore throat.
Calendula is safe to use at any age. However, it is part of the Asteraceae family and some people can be allergic.