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Topical Benefits of Calendula

Topical Benefits of Calendula

Overview

Calendula officinalis is a member of the same family as daisies, ragweed, and chrysanthemums. It is an annual plant that is mostly found in Europe, Western Asia, and the United States. For centuries, Calendula was used for magical and culinary purposes, but it started being used for its medicinal properties as early as the 12th century.

Generally, Calendula is used in topical prepartions to treat a wide range of inflammatory issues and to help fight free radicals by protecting skin cells with plant-based antioxidants called flavonoids.

Benefits

Calendula contains several active compounds that provide anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds include terpenoids and flavinoids; their anti-inflammatory properties turn Calendula into an effective treatment for conditions such as arthritis, sprains, swelling, and stiffness. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, Calendula is also known to increase blood flow and oxygen which helps the body grow new tissue. Calendula is an excellent remedy for scar and burn care.

This natural plant is safe and gentle for those who deal with sensitive skin. When used topically on unbroken skin, Calendula does not cause any significant side effects and is well-tolerated. You should always ask your provider before you use any kind of new remedy, even one that comes from Mother Earth.

If you're allergic to ragweed, daisies, marigold, or plants in the Asteraceae/Compositae family, you shouldn't use calendula. You also should not use calendula if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

Summary

Calendula offers a range of topical benefits that make it a popular choice for those looking regulate inflammatory response, speed up the healing process of burns and scars, and soothe aches and pains. If you are dealing with a chronic condition, regularly workout and fatigue your muscles, or if you are someone looking for a natural alternative for pain management, Calendula is a wonderful, Mother Earth provided remedy that carries a great deal of therapeutic value.