During the American Civil War, calendula flowers were used on opens wounds because of their antihemorrhagic and antiseptic properties.
Common Names: Field marigold
Latin Name: Calendula arvensis
Plant Family: Asteraceae (daisy family)
Parts Used: Flower
Habitat: Native to southern Europe; flourishes in almost all soils
Actions & Constituents: Triterpenes have an anti-inflammatory effect; high in both resins and mucilage, which heal wounds; antiseptic and detoxifying qualities; bitter glycosides aid in digestion
Uses: Calendula is very effective at healing cuts, wounds, varicose veins, and various inflammatory conditions. Very good for many mild skin problems, including sunburn, acnes, diaper rash, and fungal conditions like athlete’s foot. Can also be taken internally to help digestive system and to cleanse the liver and gallbladder and treat chronic infections.
How to Prepare: Commonly taken as a tea, but can also be made into a cream or ointment for skin.