Centuries ago, there were no certified doctors present, but people still got cured. Most people probably didn’t even have the huge amount of ailments that people now seem to possess. One of the main reasons for this is that they were aware of the medicinal properties that plants had.
Calendula is one such medicinal plant. It was a plant which was named the 2008 Herb of the Year. The name of the herb originated from Calendula officinalis which in Latin means “the first day of the month”. It is also known by the name of pot marigold.
The Complete Guide to Natural Healing points out that although the plant has been a native to the Mediterranean, thanks to its extremely useful nature, it is now grown world-wide.
In order to use the plant, Calendula flowers are pressed and the juice is extracted, this juice can then be used on external wounds to reduce inflammation and pus formation and hence provide “painless healing”. Alternatively, calendula oil can be mixed with any skin ointment and then used over “cuts and scrapes”. When consumed internally, it improves digestion and bowel movements.
Not only is Calendula a medicinal herb, it is also considered a good source for reducing the effects of scars and alleviating skin ulcers. Calendula oil which is available in the market, when rubbed on the body immediately after bath makes the skin softer. It should be kept in mind though that after applying calendula oil, no soap should be used (The Complete Guide to Natural Healing).
As per Medline Plus, people who are allergic to “plants in the Aster/Compositae family, such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies” are more likely to develop an allergic reaction to Calendula. Calendula is known to have a few side-effects when consumed internally (Calendula officinalis). While trying out herbal remedies, patients should always initially consult the doctor. Calendula can be easily grown in a home garden. Its various properties certainly make it indispensable.