Calendula Cream Uses and Benefits
Calendula officinalis, or pot marigold, has been used for hundreds of years as a culinary herb, as medicine, and even in performing magic. Its name, “pot marigold,” may have been derived from the fact that it is used in cooking.
Today, the oil extracted from the calendula flower is still used for treating wounds and for fighting inflammation. It is also used as an ingredient for some soups and can be used as a tea.
Calendula is most known for its benefits in healing wounds, but it’s also purported to help with other ailments such as muscle spams, fever, nosebleeds, varicose veins, sore throat, hemorrhoids.
Health Benefits of Calendula Cream
Calendula is available in many forms including soaps, lotions, oils, and creams. For treating wounds, the medicine needs to stay on the affected area. Therefore, calendula creams or ointments work best for treating wounds.
Bruises, Cuts, Burns, and Dermatitis
Infections can make wounds heal slowly. These minor infections can be effectively treated using calendula cream. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s website, “Calendula has been shown to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue. It is also used to improve skin hydration and firmness.”
Calendula is also found to be effective against skin inflammation (dermatitis) and diaper rash.