Calendula: 8 properties, use, contraindications

Calendula oil is a substance with excellent eudermic properties.Calendula is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory plant, useful against menstrual pain, in case of colitis and for sunburn. Find out the beneficial properties, what are the contraindications of calendula and how to use it.

Calendula properties

The calendula contains triterpenes, flavonoids, polysaccharides, carotenes, phytosterols, essential oil, mucilage, salicylic acid and bitter substances. For internal use, generally as a mother tincture or glycerin macerate, it is used in dysfunctions of the female genital system , since it increases scarce menstruation and decreases abundant ones. It has antispasmodic action on menstrual and abdominal pain.

The anti-inflammatory property acts on mucosal irritations, given the presence of mucilage , and is therefore indicated in case of colitis, gastritis , ulcers and any pathology affecting the internal tissues.
For external use its anti-inflammatory , antiseptic, healing, refreshing, emollient and dermopathic activities make it the elective remedy for sunburn, wounds, redness and irritation of the skin, mouth ulcers and gum inflammation.

How to use

INTERNAL USE

INFUSION: 1 spoonful of calendula, 1 cup of water Pour the calendula flowers into the boiling water and turn off the heat. Cover and leave to infuse for 10 min. Filter the infusion and drink it in case of abdominal spasms or menstrual pain and inflammation of the gastro-intestinal system. Marigold tincture : 30 – 40 drops, 2 – 3 times a day. 

EXTERNAL USE

CALENDULA OIL  100 gr of dried calendula flowers, ½ l of  sweet almond oil .
Put the calendula in a glass jar with an airtight lid, cover the flowers with the oil and close the jar. Once a day shake the jar. After 30 days, filter the oil through a light cloth or gauze. Squeeze out the residue. Store in a dark glass bottle, in a cool dark place. Calendula oil is useful for its healing and anti-inflammatory action: it promotes the regeneration of the skin and is an excellent soothing and calming effect.

It has a high safety index, but always pay attention to the contraindications!

The calendula, and in particular its oil have a high safety, but they can cause allergic reactions in predisposed subjects, so you are always sure of not being allergic before use.

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