Monday, October 27, 2014

Herb of the week: Calendula/Marigold

Marigold also known as Calendula has many useful benefits. It has been used medically for centuries.  The flower is the part that is most often used in medical supplements.  It has been used to treat: conjunctivitis, blepharitis, eczema, gastritis, minor burns including sunburns, warts, and minor injuries such as sprains and wounds. It has also been used to treat cramps, coughs, and snake bites. Calendula today, is being investigated for it's anti-cancer properties. In conjunction with other herbs such as Echinacea purpurea, Scorzonera humilis L., and Aconitum moldavicum, there has been evidence of success in treating certain cancers (Heren's carcinoma) according to the Fedkovich Chernivtsi State University in the Ukraine.

Calendula is applied to the skin to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation) and to treat poorly healing wounds and leg ulcers. It can also be used for nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the rectum (proctitis), and inflammation of the lining of the eyelid (conjunctivitis).

This is not to be confused with ornamental marigolds of the Tagets genus, which are commonly grown in vegetable gardens. Marigolds of the Tagets genus should not be ingested, but are wonderful for keeping deer away from your  vegetables.

If you have an allergy or sensitivity  Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking calendula.

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