Calendula is one of the most widely used plants in phytotherapy, folk customs and magic of peoples around the world.
In ancient Rome, it was believed that Calendula flowers sprouted on the grave of a vestal who died of grief, unhappily in love with a young Roman man. Science has shown, however, that this wonderful legend is not true and that this plant is native to India.
Due to its complex composition, calendula is used to treat a wide range of diseases. Calendula contains a significant amount of flavonoids thanks to which it has an anti-inflammatory effect. Triterpene saponosides, tannin, glycoside kaleduloside, cartenoids (thanks to which Calendula has beautiful orange flowers), a little essential oil with an unpleasant smell and several organic acids were also found in this plant.
Calendula is an essential ingredient in tea blends that relieve problems in the digestive tract. Heals wounds on the stomach and duodenum, normalizes liver function and bile secretion. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory effect of flavonoids, this plant soothes inflammation of the colon. The presence of tannins and mucus justifies the use of calendula to stop mild diarrhea.
It has been discovered that this plant has the ability to purify blood vessels, relax them and increase the volume and lower the level of cholesterol in the blood, especially in combination with dandelion, hawthorn or heather.
Recent research has shown that Calendula lowers blood pressure and has a mild sedative effect because it relaxes blood vessels and enlarges the lumen, so it is also recommended for angina pectoris.
– Improves eyesight –
- Thanks to the content of provitamin A, marigold has a beneficial effect on the eye and improves vision.
- For this purpose Calendula is used both externally and internally. Sterile marigold tea soaks the eyes in conjunctivitis and eye irritation.
– Used for skin care –
- Calendula has an extremely beneficial effect on the skin.
- It stimulates the formation of new skin cells. It is used against burns, wounds and frostbite.
- Due to the presence of provitamin A, it is helpful in psoriasis.
- In folk medicine, numerous balms are made from this plant.
– Treats fevered temperature
- It causes sweating, so it is used against fever and chills.
- Also, antiviral activity was determined.
In addition to healing properties, calendula is also an extremely decorative plant. It is easily grown in a garden or pot. Propagated by seeds.