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Information on Calendula including the benefits and uses of using Calendula. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Calendula as part of a holistic approach to health.
   
Calendula
 
Botanical name

Calendula officinalis

 
 
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This familiar garden flower (Marigold) has long been used as a topical anti-infective remedy for wounds resistant to healing. Topical applications of calendula are effective at decreasing inflammation and promoting granulation of wounds, burns, eczema, and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Calendula flower extracts have numerous pharmacological properties, including antimicrobial, antiphlogistic (treatment for fever and inflammation), immunostimulant, antitumor and choleretic (stimulates liver production of bile) activity.

 
 
Conditions commonly used for

External:

  • Mouth wash and gargle - for gingivitis, mouth ulcers, sore throat, oral thrush
  • Wash or cream - poor wound healing, leg ulcers, enlarged and inflamed lymph glands, acute and chronic skin inflammation, varicose veins, thrombophlebitis, wounds, burns, boils, dermatitis, acne, eczema, conjunctivitis (as an eyebath)

Internal:

  • Inflammatory conditions - of internal organs, gastrointestinal ulcers, genitourinary inflammation or infection, hepatitis, eye inflammation or degenerative eye conditions
  • Fever - as a supportive treatement for the management of fever
  • Healing - burns (including prevention of radiation burns), circulatory disorders including varicose veins and associated ulcers, stomach ulcers, skin disorders (also externally)
 
 
Common dosage range

As an infusion: 1 tsp dried Calendula florets in 250ml water; steep 30 to 40 minutes; drink two to three cups per day or use as a wash for topical use. Note - this is a very bitter tea.
As a fluid extract: 0.5 to 1.0 mL three times/day is the general dosage range.

 
 
Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

Calendula is generally safe and well tolerated, however it carries potential for sensitisation through frequent skin contact. Those with known allergy to the Daisy (Asteracea family) are advised to avoid contact with Calendula.
Not to be used in pregnancy.

 
 
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It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner.

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this herb, any conditions or therapies mentioned.

A Medical Practitioner specialising in Integrative Medicine, a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath will be well trained in the use of nutrients, including their proper dosage, contraindications and potential drug interactions.

 
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