Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
There are over fifteen species of Calendula and the most commonly used one is Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold. It produces flowers that bloom a vibrant orange or golden color. Calendula is an edible flower that is tasty in salads and can be used as a colorant too. Yes, you can eat it like you would dandelion greens.
Part of Plant Used: petals
Why It’s Wonderful: Calendula is generally used on the skin and has been used notably because of its perceived ability to reduce skin irritations and promote skin repair – burns, cuts, bruises and dermatitis, etc. It is believed to help soothe and calm the skin.
Action/Purpose: antiseptic, antifinflamatory, astringent, velnerary (wound healing),
Senica products containing calendula: Blemish Balm
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Scientific Studies & Other Readings on Calendula:
Panahi Y, Sharif MR, Sharif A, et al. A randomized comparative trial on the therapeutic efficacy of topical aloe vera and Calendula officinalis on diaper dermatitis in children. Scientific World Journal. 2012;2012:810234.
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