Also known as Marigold, calendula is native to Europe, but grows throughout the planet in warm, temperate regions. Because its bright, yellow, edible flowers open and close in keeping with the light of day, in mediaeval times it was called the “spouse of the sun.” Shakespeare talks about “the marigold that goes to bed with the sun, and with him rises weeping.”
For long ages and in a broad range of cultures worldwide, its flowers have been used in extracts and ointments for inflamed conditions of the skin from wounds, burns (including post-radiation burns), ulcers, dermatitis, lacerations, irritations, and sunburn, not to mention diaper rash. With excellent reason. Calendula is a potent topical anti-inflammatory and wound healer. It is this one-two action as a wound-healer and inflammation-quencher that sets calendula apart from other dermatological agents and makes it ideal for healing the skin. In the U.S. Civil War and during World War I, moreover, it was found to be especially beneficial in preventing the formation of unsightly scar tissue immediately after injury.
Research indicates that calendula-based ointments activate tissue regeneration and stimulate repair of the epithelium (i.e. the outer layer of the skin). A recent clinical study establishes truly dramatic benefits from the topical use of calendula in people suffering from lower leg venous ulcers. It found that, after three weeks, the patients treated with calendula experienced a reduction of 41.71% in the total surface area of the ulcers as compared to a 14.52% reduction in the control group not using calendula. At least one animal study further confirms that calendula significantly increases wound healing indicators.
Beyond this, calendula enjoys a wealth of additional outstanding therapeutic qualities that are attributable to its flavonoids, carotenes, and other compounds. Studies have shown that calendula is not only anti-inflammatory and wound healing, but has antibacterial, antiviral, immunomodulatory, and antioxidant properties as well.
For example, a study of the effect of calendula extracts on microorganisms isolated from patients at Belfast City Hospital found that they were effective against a range of bacteria and, in fact, worked better against fungi than the standard antibiotic, Fluconazole.
Besides calendula, Calendula Cream with Vitamin E contains aloe vera, which also has well-verified wound healing properties. Moisturizing and emollient, aloe vera contributes immune-enhancing, antibacterial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory qualities to the cream. It also includes comfrey root, which relieves pain, inflammation, and swelling of muscles and joints. Another ingredient in this formula is myrrh, which has traditionally been employed for wounds and abrasions and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The vitamin E, which we have added as a highlight to this cream, plays a signal role as an antioxidant, helping to stabilize and repair cell membranes and reducing oedema and erythema.
With its soothing, antiseptic qualities, Calendula Cream with Vitamin E is the perfect remedy to keep on hand both as a valuable and versatile first aid resource and as an all-purpose hand cream.
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Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that Calendula extracts may have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties in vitro.In an in vitro assay, the methanol extract of C. officinalis exhibited antibacterial activity and both the methanol and the ethanol extracts showed antifungal activities. Along with horsetails (Equisetum arvense), pot marigold is one of the few plants which is considered astringent despite not being high in tannins.