Calendula Flowers (Calendula officinalis)
- Origin Egypt
- Certified Organic - see our Quality page for Quality Management & Certification Documents
- Human Grade
Few herb gardens are complete without calendula’s vibrant orange flowers that can be eaten in salads or made into soothing salves.
What's not to love about calendula? It's the perfect example of a plant capturing the healing properties of summer sunshine, calendula radiates health.
Calendula's benefits are linked to its energetic character, as expressed through its constituents, which are distinctive. They combine the detergent effect of the triterpenoid saponins, with a resinous astringency that is probably due to their associated alcohols, rather than the usual tannins. Calendula flowers, infusions and tinctures taste slightly soapy (due to the detergent saponins), slightly aromatic and weakly bitter.
The triterpenoids are the main compounds, especially faradiol, which is claimed to be the most important anti-inflammatory component within the plant. It has a blood-moving effect helping to repair and heal wounds, acting as an anti-inflammatory, lymphatic, cholagogic and emmenagogue.
Calendula was once seen as the classic ‘cicatrizer’, a remedy that induces wound healing by knitting the exposed tissues (also a famous property of comfrey).
Calendula is a renowned herb for the lymphatic system, as it mobilises the lymphocytes, the killer army of white blood cells that congregate in the lymph notes to kill off infections/viruses/bacterias.
The strongest reputation of this remedy was in its healing and astringent action: sufficient to make it an effective stauncher of bleeding. Its effectiveness (as a compress) in healing bullet wounds was reported enthusiastically by a Dr Reynolds in the American West in 1886.
There's so much calendula helps us with - improves the circulation, reduces congestion, tones the blood vessels, especially the veins. It can be used in poor circulation, varicose veins, haemorrhoids and internal bleeding associated with injury, as well as pretty much soothe any pain. It's almost impossible to find an area of the body where it doesn't help!