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GeneralMarigold, the ally for an undiscovered well-being

From March through October, borders and fields in full sun fill with fleshy yellow and orange wildflowers with their typical sweetish, melty aroma, beloved by bees, bumblebees and winged pollen messengers. This is Calendula arvensis, perhaps the best known and most widely used variety.

The plant belongs to the Asteraceae family, as the shape of the flower resembles a star, and is native to Mediterranean Europe, Africa and southern Asia, but it grows undisturbed now also in our meadows and hills up to 600mt.

Let’s take a closer look at this wonderful plant

Known in the herbal field for its valued range of healing properties, Calendula Officinalis at the chemical level is rich in active ingredients such as the triterpenes : calendulosides, arnadiol, faradiol, longispinogenin, flavonoids such as quercetin, carotenes, xanthophylls, immune-stimulating polysaccharides, polyacetylenes and essential oils.

Some fractions of its valuable essential oil, block the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans and the dreaded Trichomonas, while some immune-stimulating polysaccharides and triterpene saponosides help promote healing of wounds and skin inflammation.

How does Calendula run to our aid?

The use of Calendula Officinalis is elective as a skin re-epithelializing, anti-inflammatory and anti-itching agent to soothe insect bites, burns, dermatitis so much so that it can be called the undisputed queen in many natural products such as: creams, oleolites, mother tinctures, cleansers for cleansing face, hair, scal p, and bases for compresses especially for sensitive and delicate skin.

Incorporated into shampoo formulations, Calendula performs a strengthening action on brittle, dull and brittle dry hair, making it shiny and fuller-bodied, while triggering a rebalancing grounding action on sensitive and inflamed skin of the irritated scalp.

Highly recommended in products for even very young children, the Calendula contained in the cleansing oil is wonderful for its notoriously emollient cleansing action on their very delicate skin.

Its disinfectant, anti-itching and highly healing activity makes it indicated for deep wounds, irritations with scaling, fissures and abrasions.

Did you know that Calendula flowers also have other little-known properties?

In herbal tea cutting, for example, together with dried round flower heads, Calendula Officinalis is extraordinary for relieving menstrual pain, extinguishing the fire in the stomach area in cases of gastric ulcer while counteracting stress and nervousness. Its antioxidant note, given by its typical marked yellow-orange coloring, makes it most suitable as an infusion of good cheer, to flood our darkest emotional moments with light. Its flowers also manage to give a special touch to the table, when included in green salads but also used as (edible) decorations to our spring recipes.

Another striking feature of Calendula is that, because of the intensity of its warm, sunny colors, it is used as a dyeing plant to dye clothing and fabrics.

Edited by Manuela Frigatti

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Erborista e Naturopata specializzata in Fiori di Bach, Fiori Australiani, Tecniche di Terapia Alimentare, Cosmetologia naturale...

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