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Common name Standardised: calendula
Other: marigold, pot marigold
Botanical name Calendula officinalis L.
Overview Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) is a herbaceous plant of the small genus Calendula, in the Asteraceae family. This flowering, annual plant grows naturally around western Europe, southeastern Asia and the Mediterranean.
Named “Herb of the Year” in 2008 by the International Herb Association, calendula is one such herb that helps treating various conditions. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory capabilities; contains antimicrobial and antiviral components; improves oral health. Calendula is also used to boost skin firmness and hydration. Even more impressive, it helps increase blood flow and oxygen to wounds and infected areas, which helps the body grow new tissue and heal more rapidly.
Typical usage and preparations Dried flower as a tea, tincture, infused oil, for herbal bath or hair rinses. Could be used in soups and stews, as well as a saffron substitute in hearty large pot dishes, thus the nickname “pot marigold.”
Precautions Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family (such as feverfew, chamomile, or Echinacea species) should exercise caution with calendula, as allergic cross-reactivity to Asteraceae plants is common.