Calendula is a very unpretentious plant to the soil: it is enough to sow seeds in the ground in the fall, and in the spring, green shoots will begin to sprout from the ground. From the beginning of summer until severe frosts, this grateful plant will endow a person with its beauty and invaluable medicinal properties. Almost everyone knows such a wonderful plant as calendula, herbalists also call it “marigolds”. In the wild, this medicinal herb is a very rare occurrence, but it is in demand and love among most amateur flower growers in flower beds. These are short bushes with bright orange and, less often, bright yellow flowers, similar in appearance to garden daisies, only smaller in size.
Of course, not everyone has garden plots and flower beds, so calendula flowers in the form of dried medicinal raw materials, which are dispensed without a doctor’s prescription, can be purchased at any pharmacy. The official pharmaceutical industry widely uses the raw materials of calendula: adding it to medicines (tablets), it produces ointments, creams, oils, extracts and tinctures on its basis.
There are contraindications, a specialist consultation is required
Calendula: medicinal properties
Another famous Persian philosopher, scientist and unsurpassed healer of that time, Avicenna, became interested in the healing abilities of this amazing plant, because it contains a large number of biochemical components, macro- and microelements that are useful for the human body and can help in healing from many ailments. The healing properties of calendula are so extensive that they have a long list of recommendations for use. Since this list is very large, below are just some of the reasons why you should use calendula:
- Helps remove bile from the body, and also lowers the amount of bilirubin and cholesterol in bile.
- Relieves inflammation of the biliary tract, thereby helping the normal functioning of the intestines and liver.
- Relieves inflammatory processes in the liver, helps in the recovery process after hepatitis and cholecystitis.
- Improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, stops the process of gas formation and removes accumulated gases from the intestines.
- Improves the digestion process, promotes the rapid breakdown of fats.
- Helps in the treatment of stomach and duodenal ulcers.
- Provides gentle elimination of heartburn.
- Promotes the normalization of the acid-base balance.
In addition to the fact that calendula has the properties to effectively and beneficially influence the healing of diseases of such vital organs as the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and gastrointestinal tract, it has a number of other medicinal properties that provide invaluable help and support in getting rid of the body from a number of other diseases, successfully and effectively coping in another area:
- Relieves inflammation of the mouth and throat.
- It has disinfecting, disinfecting, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Reduces blood cholesterol levels.
- Promotes the elimination of harmful toxins and toxins from the body, thereby protecting the body from a number of unwanted pathologies.
Calendula: harm and contraindications
Although there are very few contraindications for calendula, they still exist, therefore, before using it, you need to study the individual state of your body, analyze your already identified diseases and, for complete confidence, consult a specialist doctor. It is undesirable to use calendula or use it with great care in diseases such as:
- Acute gastritis.
- Individual intolerance.
- Peptic ulcer and duodenal ulcer during an exacerbation.
While taking infusions and decoctions of calendula, some side effects may occur, in which you should stop taking the drug and seek advice from an appropriate specialist doctor, these are:
- Allergic manifestations.
- Stomach ache.
- Bitterness in the mouth.
It is not recommended to take the herb inside in the form of infusions, decoctions, etc. during pregnancy and lactation, although the external use of calendula does not represent any harm, on the contrary, it has a number of positive effects, which are briefly discussed below.
The use of calendula in traditional medicine
Due to the information that has appeared on the effectiveness of treatment of various diseases with the use of medicinal herbs or herbal preparations, as well as the emergence of a large and diverse range of herbal raw materials available in pharmacy chains, many prefer to fight diseases with phytotherapy rather than use synthetic drugs.
Traditional medicine has always relied on the use of medicinal herbs in the healing of various kinds of diseases. Containing such a rich composition of natural biological components, calendula has extensive capabilities in the prevention and treatment of many serious diseases, therefore it is widely, successfully and effectively used in folk medicine.
So what properties does this wonderful herb have, and what diseases does calendula help against?
- Possesses antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial properties.
- It is used as an immunomodulatory agent.
- It has an antipyretic effect and promotes perspiration.
- Gently lowers blood pressure, improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system.
- Cleans blood vessels and prevents the occurrence of atherosclerosis.
- Relieves inflammation in proctological diseases, has an analgesic effect.
- Restores the integrity of the skin, healing burns, cuts, wounds, relieves skin inflammation and allergic manifestations.
- Relieves and soothes eye inflammation.
- Soothes cough, removes phlegm, relieves shortness of breath, normalizes breathing.
- Calms the central nervous system, relieves psycho-emotional stress, and improves sleep.
Of course, this is not a complete list in which cases calendula is used in traditional medicine. The most complete and detailed list can be found in the literature of a specialized nature, as well as in official sources of information.
Medicinal herbs with calendula
More and more herbal teas are gaining popularity, and instead of the usual black or green tea, many people prefer to make a drink from different herbal teas that suit their taste. If you choose the right medicinal plant, combine it with other medicinal herbs and prepare an infusion or decoction, this can enhance and accelerate the healing effect. The main thing is to know for which diseases, without disregarding the existing ones, you can combine herbs for medicinal purposes:
- Calendula, chamomile (pharmacy) medicinal, yarrow It is known that these three plants have similar capabilities to provide a therapeutic effect on a number of diseases, have antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory effects, have a beneficial effect on the work of the cardiovascular system, produce wound healing effects and dr.
- Calendula, sage Calendula and sage, due to the same biochemical nutrients, have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties, help in normalizing the gastrointestinal tract, have a sedative effect, etc.
- Calendula, St. John’s wort Both of these herbs, having rich internal components, have antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties, promote rapid healing of wounds and cuts, soothe the nervous system, etc.
- Calendula, meadowsweet (meadowsweet), mint Together, these sweet-smelling herbs, thanks to the large amount of essential oils, strengthen the nervous system, improve psycho-emotional state and mood, have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effects. Calendula can also be used in small amounts with other herbs as an everyday herbal tea. It will give the drink a pleasant aroma and bright color. And the healing properties of this amazing plant are stated above.
Calendula for women
The unique internal chemical components of this wonderful plant make the use of calendula for the purpose of curing and preventing specific diseases inherent only in the delicate female body, especially valuable for women. Calendula has the following healing effects on the female body:
- Activates metabolic processes.
- Leaves skin smooth, beautiful and firm.
- Heals postpartum anal fissures.
- Normalizes hormones.
- Increases the efficiency of the body.
- Maintains the menstrual cycle in a normal state.
- Helps to eliminate diseases of the genital organs, including infectious ones.
- Helps in the treatment of cervical erosion.
- Improves the functioning of the reproductive system.
- Produces a cosmetic effect.
The use of infusion of calendula flowers will very effectively affect the skin of the face, gradually making it smoother and more delicate, the hair will give shine and silkiness, which will make a woman even more attractive. The infusion added to the bath with warm water will produce a general soothing effect, promote sleep and improve mood, help to make the skin velvety and beautiful. And the use of an ointment, prepared with your own hands using vegetable oil based on calendula flowers, will help relieve dry skin, making it more elastic and taut.
The magical properties of calendula will undoubtedly have a beneficial effect on the sophisticated female body that needs daily care and constant care. But it should be used only after agreement with the attending gynecologist, taking into account the following contraindications:
- Insomnia during menopause.
- Menstrual pain in the lower abdomen.
- Diseases of the female genital organs.
- Hormonal imbalance.
Medicinal infusions and decoctions from calendula are taken orally, and also used in the form of douching, lotions and dressings.
Calendula for children
A rare herb can be used for children, calendula is an exception. However, until the child is two years old, it can only be used as decoctions for external use. Bathing with a decoction of calendula will help relieve skin rashes (prickly heat, diathesis), eliminate redness, diaper rash and itching. Getting rid of these ailments will help calm the nervous system and make the baby calmer, and improve his sleep. With the consultation of a pediatrician and with his permission, calendula can be used for a disease such as rickets, which develops with a lack of vitamin D in the body, as well as a disinfectant, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, skin-restoring agent.
Beautiful flowers of calendula are used not only for medicinal purposes, in culinary processes its bright petals are added to vegetable and fruit salads, soups, and even in homemade cakes. Dishes cooked with calendula take on a special colorful color, arouse appetite and improve mood.
We draw your attention to the fact that it is advisable to eliminate any problematic at three levels: physical, energetic and spiritual. The recipes contained in the article are not a guarantee of recovery. The information provided should be considered as capable of helping, based on the experience of traditional and modern medicine, the multifaceted action of herbal remedies, but not as a guarantee.