What are Calendula flowers?

Posted on Sun, Nov 28, 2021 by Amit Bambral

Calendula flowers are categorized as one of the easiest herbs to grow in the garden. The flower encapsulates a a vast array of medicinal properties. For centuries, calendula flowers have been used for healing open wounds, burns and rashes. The extract of this bright yellow flower has been used as a traditional remedy in households for centuries now. The calendula flower has immense potential to support the immune system and uplift spirits and the topmost edible part of the flower is loaded with anti-oxidant compounds. As you can see, the calendula flower has some extraordinary benefits for the human body.

Calendula, also known as marigold and pot marigold, enjoys a long blooming season. It has been known for its diverse gardening, culinary and medicinal features. The flower is dried first and turned into a powder-like substance, or it’s extract can be mixed into oils, creams, and ointments. If you’re wondering what the specific benefits of calendula flower are, here are some of the most popular:

1.Assisting with the digestive and immune systems

In addition to healing external wounds, calendula flowers are known to be a supreme choice for treating internal problems like ulcers, burns, or irritable bowel syndrome. It has antimicrobial properties which suggest that it is capable of fighting off and preventing infection. Gut and mental problems are often correlated. With its ability to solve gut-related problems, calendula is thought to also help balance mental health issues.

2.Keeping the skin nourished and hydrated

Calendula works like magic on the skin. This is why cosmetic products often have calendula oil as their prime ingredient. It relieves many skin conditions that cause dryness, itchiness, and irritation. It soothes the skin and keeps it hydrated. It’s also great at preventing all sorts of rashes and irritations that babies experience because of diapers and cradle caps.

3.Reducing scars

This is one of the most promising positive effects of calendula. The natural extracts of the flower not only cure wounds but also promote a healthy healing process and encourage the growth of new tissue. People are often left with acne or chickenpox scarring, the calendula herb can help to prevent this by softening and soothing the skin, stopping inflammation and uplifting immune response. It accelerates the healing process and helps to generate new, healthy skin.

Due to all the benefits it offers, you might consider growing calendula flower in your garden. And it’s not hard to do! All it needs is optimal soil, temperature, water and sunlight. Calendula is so easy to grow that even a novice gardener can do it.

  • It is an easy-care, low maintenance plant.
  • Calendula is not very selective when it comes to soil type.
  • It requires little watering, but it also depends on the season. If it is hot, they are going to need more than usual.
  • Calendula is drought resistant and frost tolerant.
  • It doesn’t require any sort of special care. The flower is efficient enough to stand strong in the garden without any special supervision.
  • You can grow them in the sun or the shade. It is an outdoor plant but can also be put inside in a pot. Calendula is characteristically flexible and highly adaptable.

Other than using them as medicine, you always have the option of eating them. One common way of reaping all the benefits of Calendula at once is to prepare it as tea. You can apply it as hair oil. There are a multitude of ways to use calendula. Once you try it,  you’ll be happy you did!

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