Wednesday Wisdom - Calendula
Common names: Marigold, Pot Marigold, Marybud, Gold-bloom.
Habitat: Native to Egypt and the Mediterranean and a common garden.
Part used: Petals and flower heads.
Actions of Calendula: Astringent, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, antiseptic, antifungal, cholagogue, antiviral.
Calendula was traditionally used for horses as a blood tonic, and for stressed or fretful animals. Calendula is now more widely known and used for skin, gastric and urinary complaints. It contains essential oil and pro-vitamin A. Calendula tincture or extract is used in ointments and creams for cuts, bruises, burns and ulcers. It is used internally for gastric ulcers and inflammation and being rich in sulphur has excellent blood-cleansing and antifungal actions. Combined with Clivers (Cleavers) in equal proportions it is an excellent herb for the lymphatic and urinary system.
Calendula can be found in our Equine Cleaver & Marigold.