Common names: Pot Marigold

Range: Native to the Mediterranean region and cultivated elsewhere.

Parts Used: Flowers

Preparations: Dried flowers as a tea or encapsulated, tincture, ointment, and oil infusions.


Calendula is traditionally used to treat various skin disorders, including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, hives, rashes, insect stings and sunburn. Some studies indicate that calendula may negate the effects of radiation treatments as well. Extracts of calendula are used to ease gastrointestinal complaints, such as constipation, bloating and cramps. Some studies suggest that compounds in this plant inhibit tumor growth and stimulate lymphocyte activity. Other phytochemicals contribute to the herb’s anti-inflammatory properties.

The flowers, which smell a little like hops, are edible and make colorful additions to salads. An extract of the plant is given to chickens to promote the production of eggs with darker yolks.

Constituents: Saponins, triterpene oligoglycosides, flavonol glycosides and sesquiterpene glucosides. The oil of the seed contains calendic acid.

Cautions/Contraindications: None known.

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