Calendula / Marigold (Calendula officinalis L.) 30g

Ingredients: Calendula — 100 %

Perhaps calendulas are not very beautiful, yet every garden should have an honorary and spacious patch for this flower. Calendula is both a medicinal and a decorative plant. Dried calendula is yellowish orange, fragrant and slightly bitter.

People knew its healing properties already back in the 12th c. It remains a valuable treatment for all kinds of ailments to this day. Calendula stimulates and strengthens immune system.

Its blossoms contain about 3 % of carotenoids (carotene, lycopene, violaxanthin, rubixanthin, flavochrome, etc.), about 3.4 % resin, 4 % mucus, 6-8 % apple acid, a small amount of salicylic acid, 0.02 % essential oils, calendin (bitter substance) and ferments. The parts of the plant above the ground contain saponins, roots — inulin, while seeds — fats and alkaloids.

People also have been using calendula for cosmetics. Calendula stimulates collagen production in skin, reduces inflammations and pain, thus becoming a popular ingredient of cosmetic and medicinal creams. Calendula creams are great for treating chilblains and frostbites.

Calendula oil (calendula phytol) can be made by adding 1 g of calendula blossoms into a half a glass of olive oil and leaving it to settle for 20-25 days. Calendula oil should be kept in dark and cool place. It can be used to treat burns, frostbites, chilblains or pimples.

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