Often included in teas for the visual aesthetics, calendula is an easily taken, versatile herb. Taken internally, it may assist gastric ulcers, dyspepsia, enlarged lymph nodes, acne or dysmenorrhea and other cramping pains. Dosage is usually 2-5g of dry herb steeped in boiling water and taken as a tea.
Externally, calendula is used for its vulnerary (wound healing), styptic (stops bleeding) and antimicrobial properties. It can be used in various bases for burns, wounds, fungal or bacterial infections of the skin, chronic inflammatory conditions like eczema or psoriasis or acne and sebaceous cysts. It can also be garbled for periodontal inflammation.
This gentle, soothing herb can be used in a wash (use the same directions for tea and cool) or in an ointment or cream base.
It’s easily sourced from health food stores as a tea and is in many commercial preparations sold for skin healing.
Calendula: think inflamed, infected, irritated.
Should not be used by those with known allergy to the Compositae family of plants.