Paula Tipton-Healy L.M.
Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) is well known primarily as a natural treatment for skin problems. It has been useful for rashes, infections, burns, sun burn and pain. Because of its antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties it is highly effective in a number of health related issues and can be found in a wide array of products.
The use of Calendula in medicine is written in ancient Greek, Egypt, Roman and many native cultures. Historically it is also used for dye and the leaves and petals (ligulate florets) have been used in many edible dishes.
The entire plant is chock-full of important nutrients. The stems and leaves of the flower have lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as beta-carotene. The florets have triterpenoid esters which are great natural anti-inflammatorys(6,25). Calendula extracts have demonstrated in vitro antibacterial, antiviral, and immune boosting properties. (25, 26) Hepatoprotective, meaning it has the tendency to prevent damage to the liver. Calendula contains the antioxidants auroxanthin and carotenoid flavoxanthin. It also contains carotenoids and triterpene saponins, both known to contribute to the medicinal qualities. The dried flowers and leaves, as well as the fresh flowers, are used and it is an age old adage that