Calendula delivers both external and internal remedies. It is one of the premier vulnerary therapies, a term is given to plants used for wound healing. This traditional use makes it vital for your kitchen medicine cabinet. By promoting cell repair and growth, calendula heals cuts, bruises, minor burns and sunburn, inflamed skin, even skin ulcers. Topically, apply oils and salves made with calendula anywhere but they are especially good “where the sun does not shine” under the neck, arms, breasts, and in the groin area. Prepare a strong infused calendula tea then use it as a compress, an antiseptic wash, a mouth rinse, or eyewash.
So gentle and soothing, yet potent in its healing ability, calendula is the main ingredient in baby oils and creams for diaper rash, cradle cap, and other infant skin irritations. Calendula’s antifungal action makes a useful remedy for thrush, here using the tea as a mouthwash. It is also healing for inflammation on cheeks or gums, for canker sores, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. It has the ability to cleanse, control bleeding, and encourage healing by boosting the immune response. For healing wounds, calendula benefits any from minor scratches to severe cuts, decreases pain and prevents inflammation or pus formation. The emollient action decreases scars from forming and also soothes dry, itchy, flaky eczema. Internally, calendula tea or tincture also assists the immune system in healing sore throat or swollen glands. Calendula has a protective component for the stomach that can aid in digestion, soothing the discomfort of cramps, gastric and duodenal ulcers as well as symptoms of the leaky gut syndrome.