Calendula Officinalis is native to Mediterranean region countries but is now grown as an ornamental plant throughout the world.
Calendula Officinalis throughout history has been used for its healing properties as well as for food.
A chemical extract can be removed from the stems and leaves of the plants. This extract is very rich in a variety of organic compounds, including glycosides, saponins, and other powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds.
According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, chemicals derived from the marigold plant have been shown to reduce inflammation in laboratory studies. These chemicals, which are called triterpenoids, also inhibit the HIV virus and some tumors. When applied to the skin, extracts of the plant help to heal wounds and inflammation after radiation therapy.
Calendula Officinalis has high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals. Calendula Officinalis appears to fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.
It’s believed that the herb increases the flow of blood to the wound site, thereby providing the oxygen and nutrients essential for tissue regeneration. Additionally, this herb, with its high amount of flavonoids, can help reduce inflammation, speeding up the stages of healing. These flavonoids also fight off bacteria, viruses, and other harmful foreign invaders, protecting against wound infection.
The health benefits of the Calendula Officinalis
Cancer Prevention: According to the research by Universidad de Granada, Spain, extracts of Calendula Officinalis, might have anti-cancer properties, inhibiting tumor cells, this was tested on different forms of leukemias, melanomas, fibrosarcomas, breast, prostate, cervix, lung, pancreas and colorectal cancers.
Inflammation relief: Calendula Officinalis ointment applied to the skin reduces painful swelling and irritation associated with radiation therapy in breast cancer patients.
Ulcers wounds and hemorrhoids: In studies done for slow-healing wounds and various exposed ulcers, it was found that using calendula-based gels and topical ointments helped speed up recovery rate and healing.
UV ray protection: The cream made from it oil provides sun protection and also used in sun protecting formulations.
Precautions and Warnings
Despite it being considered generally safe for most people, there are a few precautions that should be considered:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is not recommended to take it by mouth while pregnant. It is LIKELY UNSAFE. There is a concern that it might cause a miscarriage.
Allergies: You should not take it if you are allergic to plants in the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Consult with your doctor if unsure.
Applying it to an open wound: It is not recommended to apply it to an open wound without the supervision of a healthcare provider.
Surgeries: It is recommended NOT to taking it before surgeries because it can cause drowsiness if combined with medications.
Sedatives: It is not recommended to take it along with sedatives, because Calendula, can cause sleepiness when taken along with sedatives, this sleepiness increases.
Usage and Doses
There are several factors involved in the usage and dosage of the it, those related to age, health condition, and other factors. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Calendula. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. The best advice is to consult your healthcare provider, to inform you on how to to take it and in what doses.
Mercurialis Calendula Healing Ointment
The Mercurialis Calendula is a homeopathic product with it and Mercurialis Perennis, intended to be applied topically. The healing properties of both plants are combined to provide relief from wounds and discomfort in certain skin areas.