Calendula is a type of plant in the family Asteracae (daisy family). Calendula is said to have some medicinal value and thus has been used to produce home remedies, homeopathic health products, herbal cures, and alternative medicines. Calendula is native to the eastern regions of Macaronesia to the Mediterranean area. The flower is used for a multitude of different alternative medicinal purposes.
Health Benefits of Calendula
It is said to be a good preventative medicine for muscle spasms. Additionally, it is purportedly a herbal or homeopathic treatment for sore throats, fever, menstrual cramping, ulcers, and maybe even some type of cancer. In addition, Calendula may be effective if applied topically in reducing inflammation (swelling and pain) and also for the treatment of wounds that aren’t healing very well as well as ulcers in the leg region. It supposedly also can be used for nosebleeds, hemorrhoids, eyelid inflammation (conjunctivitis), proctitis (rectal inflammation), and varicose veins.
Pharmacological studies have been made that imply that Calendula extracts may be used for anti-viral and anti-genotoxic purposes as well. It may also be used to help reduce incidence of acne and sooth irritated tissue by lowering inflammation. In those that suffer from radiation dermatitis, Calendula may be applied on the skin where radiation damage has occurred to reduce pain caused by radiation.
Historically, Calendula has also been used for treating cramps in the stomach region as well as constipation. Studies on mice suggest that Calendula may have some anti-tumor properties as well, although, the conclusiveness of this study is still unknown.
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