Calendula is a common species of marigold with bright yellow flowers. Calendula officinalis is the most common species.
The petals of calendula are edible and have traditionally been used in the making of salads, stews, and soup. Calendula extracts are made from the leaves and stems of the calendula plant. These extracts are rich in numerous organic compounds, such as saponins and glycosides, that possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Calendula oil is a potent therapeutic and medicinal oil which is extracted from calendula.
Below are various health benefits of calendula tea, oil, and flowers;
1. Calendula Tea Is Effective In Alleviating A Sore Throat
In the event of a sore throat, you can either rinse or gargle your mouth with calendula tea three times a day to relieve the soreness. Calendula is effective on sore throats because of its ability to suppress swelling and alleviate pain.
2. Calendula Is Effective In Alleviating Acne
Washing your face every night with calendula tea before going to bed helps to alleviate acne. Acne occurs as a result of swelling of sebaceous glands. The common cause of acne is bacteria. Calendula tea is effective in killing the bacteria due to its antibacterial properties and alleviating the swelling due to its anti-inflammatory activities.
3. Alleviates Blisters, Swollen Gums And Sores In The Mouth
The above conditions are either caused by bacteria or virus. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of calendula tea inhibit the bacteria and virus, thus, reducing their activity. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory properties of the calendula tea reduce the swelling of the gum. With these combined beneficial properties, be sure of a healthy mouth.
4. Calendula Oil Has Wound Healing Properties
The essential oil speeds up the process of healing cuts and bruises. During the first world war, calendula flowers were effectively used in the treatment of wounds.
5. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Calendula oil is highly effective in reducing inflammation of various parts of the body. For instance, inflammation arising from joint-related gout or arthritis is very painful. In such cases, applying calendula oil to the swollen joints alleviates pain and inflammation. In cases of ulcers, taking a cup of calendula tea three times a day would soothe the ulcers. This is basically due to calendula’s tea anti-inflammatory properties.
6. For Infections
Calendula is effective in treating general infections arising from infectious agents. Due to its broad-spectrum action, calendula has been effective in reducing some symptoms of HIV-1 and many ailments arising from infectious micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses.
7. Calendula Has Some Anti-Cancer Properties
Calendula oil has proven effective in the control of the growth of tumors. Together with anti-oxidants from the calendula flower, calendula tea can stop oxidation of cells and consequently prevent their irregular growth. Beta-carotene, in the calendula, is beneficial in cutting down the risk of cancer.
8. Calendula Extracts Aid In The Process Of Digestion
The calendula oil is important in maintaining a healthy digestive system. The oil helps to stimulate the liver cells to release bile which is stored in the gallbladder. Moreover, calendula oil stimulates the gallbladder to release the bile juice into the duodenum. This improves the process of digestion within the duodenum. It should be noted that bile juice is alkaline. This, therefore, makes the duodenum alkaline, a condition necessary to carry out its function.
Another point to note is that calendula oil has inhibitory effects against harmful gastrointestinal bacteria such as the Campylobacter jejuni that causes diarrhea among children. Also, the extracts of calendula control prostaglandin-E1, thus protecting the lining of the stomach and intestines. Also, the oil helps inhibit the negative impacts of related gastritis, stomach cancer, and peptic ulcers.
9. Detoxifies The Body
Calendula extracts are beneficial in cleansing the body organs. Taking a cup of the calendula tea, three times a day, is an effective way to clean the liver and the gallbladder. In basic terms, the tea stimulates the proper functioning of the gallbladder.
10. Calendula Tea Is Vital In Oral Health
Due to its antibacterial effects, calendula extracts can be added to mouthwashes and toothpaste. The antibacterial properties of the oil are effective in killing bacteria within the mouth. This ensures a healthy mouth.
11. Improves Vision
Due to antioxidants present in calendula, calendula extracts are vital in treating eye infections. Beta-carotene, an antioxidant present in the flowers of calendula, is responsible for improving vision. Calendula’s flower extracts have been effective in treating conjunctivitis; an inflammatory disease of the eye. Moreover, the consumption of calendula tea greatly prevents the development of macular degeneration and the development of cataracts.
12. Calendula Tea Reduces Pain Associated With Menstruation
During menstruation, women experience pain due to cramping and headaches. A cup of calendula tea is effective in reducing this pain. Menstruation is usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Calendula tea is effective in alleviating the above symptoms. Moreover, calendula has proven effective in regulating the whole menstrual cycle. In some animals, it has been used to initiate the menstrual cycle. Due to its estrogenic effects, calendula tea has been known to reduce menstrual cramps and reduce breast tenderness. Also, it soothes aching nipples especially when nursing.
13. Calendula Tea Reduces Cramping
This is due to their anti-spasmodic properties. Individuals suffering from nervous disorders are prone to muscle cramps. Such individual needs to incorporate calendula in their diet to alleviate the problem. A similar remedy is necessary for women experiencing cramping during menstruation.
14. Calendula Tea Relieves Muscle Spasms
The calendula tea relaxes spontaneous K+ induced (potassium-induced) contractions which depend on calcium channel.
15. Important In Preventing Premature Ageing
Restorative properties of calendula make it a perfect anti-aging supplement. The oil is effective at healing damaged cells, hydrating skin and making the skin supple. Calendula oil can be applied around delicate parts of the body such as around the eye to reduce puffiness. The antioxidants, in the calendula oil, prevent aging of cells by stimulating the flow of blood into the skin cells. The results are that even scars and wrinkles disappear. For finer results, applying organic compounds containing calendula oil will do fine.
16. Cures Rashes
Calendula oil is effective in the treatment of rashes. Applying calendula oil in affected areas, twice a day, eradicates the rashes and returns the skin to normality. Diaper rashes are common among babies. In such cases, apply calendula oil which would heal the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its antiseptic properties.
17. Reduces Stretch Marks
Calendula oil is a simple natural remedy that alleviates stretch marks. It should be noted that stretch marks can not be completely eradicated but can be reduced. Calendula oil is highly effective in fading stretch marks and healing the skin.
18. For Skin Issues
Topical application of calendula oil is essential in alleviating conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. The oil soothes and hydrates the skin. Also, calendula oil is highly effective in the treatment of ringworms and athletes foot.
19. Effective In Treating Insect Bites
Most insect bites are associated with inflammation and swelling. Topical application of calendula oil alleviates the swelling. Similarly, the swelling can be reduced by placing the extracts of the flowers on the affected parts.
20. Antihemorrhagic Properties And Antiseptic Properties
Calendula flower was widely used to stop wounds from bleeding. The flower extracts are placed on the open wound where they act as antihemorrhagic substances. Also, the flower extract cleans the wounds and rids them of any pathogenic agents.
21. Calendula Flower Extracts As A Dye
The flowers of calendula are used to make dye to color fabrics. The dyes often come in brown, orange and yellow according to the mordant used.
22. Culinary Uses
Calendula petals were widely used in the past to color cheese and butter. Calendula leaves were used to make salads. In Germany, its flowers were common ingredients in making soups and stews. As a result, calendula was known by the name “pot marigold”.
23. Remedy For Varicose Veins
Varicose vein occurs due to the swelling of the valve in veins behind the legs. Calendula helps by reducing the swelling thus enabling the proper flow of blood to and from the legs.
Word Of Caution
Some people tend to have allergic reactions when calendula oil is used in high concentration or doses. Consult your doctor before including any herb or herbal oil to your health regimen.
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