April 01, 2016
Spotlight on: Calendula

Calendula officinalis is one of my absolute favourite herbs, though you may know it better as Marigold.

Marigold is grown as a garden favourite, especially in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, but its medicinal value has been withheld since ancient times. In fact, Calendula has been used medicinally since Ancient Greek times, as well as in traditional Arabic and Indian cultures.

Its beautiful orange-yellow flowers are most commonly used in herbal preparations, but the entire plant has medicinal properties.

Calendula is a great antimicrobial, antioxidant and antispasmodic, and we at The Purist love it for its amazing ability to heal wounds - research has shown that the herb is capable of wound healing and regeneration (pretty wow!), and it has been used traditionally in the topical treatment of burns, bruises, grazes and minor skin infections throughout history.

The effects of topical Calendula treatment are seen quickly, and it has an impressive capability of treating, cleaning and healing wounds or inflammatory skin conditions without causing irritation.

We use Calendula in our Clear Skin and Dry Skin Balms as well as in our Relax Soaks as a gentle skin treatment - why not give this beautiful yet powerful herb a try?

 

Reference:  Herbs and Natural Supplements, Vol. 2 by Lesley Braun & Marc Cohen.

 

Emily Bathgate

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