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calendula-flower

CALENDULA

Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Part Used: The whole plant can be used but usually just the flowers including the green calyx are used. Some herbalists use only the ray florets. The stems, younger leaves, seeds and roots also contain active constituents.
Actions:

Anti-inflammatory, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-tumour, Anti-viral, Choleretic, Hypolipidaemic, Lymphatic stimulant, Vulnerary.

Uses:

Inflamed or infected wounds and lesions, Fungal infections, Viral infections, Sunburn and other burns
Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Sebaceous cysts, Bruises, Ulcers, Enteritis, Gastritis, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Enlarged and/or imflamed lymph nodes.
Calendula is commonly used in tincture form internally and in the form of an oil, cream or ointment for external application.

Mode of Action:

Glycosides and triterpenoid saponins act by inhibiting the growth of fungi and bacteria and the mulitplication of viruses.
Triterpene alcohols exert the anti-inflammatory effects. Calendula improves the flow of bile. It acts on the hepatocytes causing them to produce less concentrated bile.
The saponins in Calendula have been shown to lower both triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
The triterpene alcohols and carotenoids in Calendula extracts have been shown to accelerate the healing process. They promote the normal development of granulation tissue.

Dosage:

15 ml/day 1:2 tincture

Side effects: Calendula is non-toxic and has no associated side effects.

Also see Calendula Hints and Tips

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