Marigold is a common garden plant with a long tradition in herbalism as a treatment for a variety of skin conditions. Calendula has been nicknamed ‘Russian penicillin’ because vast quantities are grown in Russia.
USES Acne, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, tonsilitis, wound healing, detoxification.
HOW IT WORKS The active constituents in Calendula officinalis have still to be identified, although studies have reported flavonoids, volatile oil, cartenoids and triterpenes. The triterpenes appear to be the main active group.
The flavonoids may contribute to the anti-inflammatory and lymphatic (cleansing) effect of the herb.
Calendula comes in creams and ointments or in tincture form for internal application.