Calendula is a medicinal herb and plant also known as marigold. Its roots in medicine span back hundreds of years, and is native to Southern Europe, Egypt, the Mediterranean, and in the area between the Canary Islands and Iran. It can be used for a variety of ailments including skin problems such as eczema and acne, as well as sore throats and healing burns.
Here are seven amazing benefits of calendula that'll make it a staple in your life.
1. It’s great for your mouth.
Calendula can be found in a variety of different oral health products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes, and that’s due to its antibacterial properties. Calendula is a very effective natural way to kill the bacteria that can cause gingivitis and other oral health problems, such as cavities. Take them as supplements or sip on some tea.
2. It has anti-inflammatory properties.
If you’ve blown up from allergies, worry not. For itchy, watery eyes, you can make this eye wash with calendula and you can also pour some calendula into a bath and bathe in it if you have a rash. Dealing with athlete's foot? Pour some calendula in a warm foot bath and soak for a while for relief.
3. Helps with diaper rash.
Does your baby’s bum have a diaper rash? You can make your own diaper rash cream with calendula and beeswax to help soothe the discomfort, or you can opt to purchase a tube of Weleda Calendula Baby Diaper Rash Cream.
4. Good for sensitive, dry skin.
If your skin is dried out from being in the sun or in the cold, and you’re looking for a way to care for it, turn to calendula. The best way to use it is topically, and you can buy either Nature's Herbal Calendula Salve or Boiron Calendula Cream to help ease sensitive skin. This cream can also be good for minor burns, including sunburns.
5. Helps to heal wounds.
If you have a cut or scrape, putting calendula cream on it over something like Neosporin can help it heal quicker. Calendula is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it’s great for wounds. You can use Boiron’s Calendula Cream for a safe, natural way to heal your burns and cuts. Another tip from the Nerdy Farm Wife is to make Calendula Ice by freezing the tea in ice cube trays and then rubbing it on rashes, cuts, and scrapes.
6. Can help with a sore throat.
You can make a calendula tea and then use that to gargle if you have a sore throat. You can also just sip on a hot cup of calendula tea when you need some relief from the pain.
7. Helps get rid of acne.
Yasssss. Calendula has been known to help cure acne and blemishes due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. According to Organic Facts, “It can affect blood flow to the skin cells, provide antioxidant protection that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and ages spots, and even the visibility of scars.”
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