The go-to remedy for many people calendula, also known as marigold, is widely used as a cure-all. We break down what it does, what it doesn’t do, and how to get the most out of it.
What is it
Calendula, or marigold, is a plant native to southwestern Asia. It grows well almost everywhere and is common to many backyards and herb gardens. Calendula is part of the daisy flower family and has a large number of scientifically tested medical uses. It also looks very pretty in the garden and smells terrific.
What it can do
Calendula is a fantastic anti-inflammatory which can be used to treat wounds and burns. It is also used extensively for treating skin irritations or conditions like dermatitis, acne and redness, reducing the swelling and pain. Some have even used it to treat sore throat and mouth problems because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula is also antiviral and antigenotoxic so can be used in many treatments to help with an eclectic range of ailments.
What it can’t do
Calendula is not, however, a cure-all. While it is effective at reducing swelling and treating skin or muscle irritation, it cannot help with fever, nose bleeds, or internal muscle issues.
How to use it
Calendula comes most accessibly as an oil. You can drink this oil in tea for a sore throat, added to baths for a whole body treatment or applied topically to inflamed areas of the body. You can also use it as a cream to make absorption by the skin more comfortable.
How to make your own!
If you want to make your own calendula oil, it’s a simple process. Pull the heads off the flowers, dry and crush them, add any base oil and leave the mixture to sit for a couple of days before straining.