Calendula officinalis; Eng (UK): Marigold; Ita: Calendula; Swe: Ringblomma; Quecha: Uchu Q’aspa; Sp: Boton de Oro
Habitat: Europe, Australia, Asia, America. It can be grown easily in sunny locations in most kinds of soils. It is a perennial plant.
Constituents: Carotenoids flavoxanthin and auroxanthin are antioxidants, and gives its flower the yellow-orange coloration. The leaves and stems contain other carotenoids, mostly lutein (80%) and zeaxanthin (5%), and beta-carotene. The plant contains compounds such as saponins, bitter glycosides, resins and essential oils.
Actions: Anti inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, anti tumor, anti mutagenic, lymphatic, vulnerary, protective, soothing.
Medicinal uses: The triterpenoid esters contained in the petals and pollen have anti-inflammatory actions. The flavonols iorhamnetin, quercitin and kaempferol have shown to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti fungal, anti tumor and antimutagenic activity and can be used after labour as disinfectant for aiding the healing of perineal tears, umbilical and nipples care and wounds generally. It is useful in case of fungal infections such as Candida albicans (thrush) in the vagina, intestines, throat, mouth, nipples and arm folds. Untreated Candida infection can cause food allergies and low resistance to diseases. Calendula has protective properties and can be used for ulcers. Its anti-inflammatory and lymphatic action is excellent for mastitis, prostatitis and swollen glands generally. Calendula cream or salve soothes burns, and irritated skin, skin rashes, such as nappy rash.
Other uses: The flower can be eaten. The flower can be used to dye fabrics.
Energy Quality Aspects:
In astrology it is connected to the sun and thus Leo fire element , solid quality.
Element quality: cold and damp.
Cautions: Should not be used in pregnancy.
by Phytoart, Xilef Welner