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Calendula - the Wound Healer

Written by
Dr. Sheetal Kamble
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Jun 30, 2017 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read


Calendula is one of the best homeopathic remedies for bites, stings, and open skin wounds. It has tremendous ability to heal any wound, let it be a superficial wound or deep diabetic ulcer.

Calendula - the Wound Healer

The another name for Calendula is 'English Marigold.' Calendula has a long history of use and has been considered as 'wound healer.' Calendula has been used not only by homeopathic physicians but also by the Western medicine and many surgeons. I have personally seen many surgeons using Calendula for dressing superficial to deep wounds like a diabetic ulcer, accidental injuries, stab wounds, etc.

How to Use Calendula?

  1. Calendula is available in the form of a cream, liquid, and mother tincture. It can be used internally and externally both.
  2. Calendula cream or ointment can be directly applied to the wound with a sterile dressing.
  3. Liquid or mother tincture cannot be directly applied. You need to add 5 to 10 drops of Calendula tincture in two teaspoons of water. Soak the dressing or gauze pad in the solution for few seconds, and then apply it to the wound and cover it with a sterile dressing.
  4. Calendula is also very effective in cases of burns. Calendula mother tincture or ointment proves very effective in healing the burnt area.

How Does Calendula Act as a Healing Agent?

Common Indications of Calendula:

  1. Open wound.
  2. At the site of the suture, after surgery.
  3. Diabetic ulcers or any skin ulcers.
  4. Deep cut or stab wounds.
  5. Insect bites and stings.
  6. Perineal tear during vaginal delivery.
  7. Wound after tooth extraction.
  8. Bleeding from a head or scalp, after an injury.

These are a few indications for Calendula. It can be used in many such open wound cases. It is worth keeping Calendula handy not only by a physician but everybody as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What Is the Difference Between Calendula and Marigold?

The main difference between Marigold and Calendula is the petals. The petals of Calendula are lengthy and straight, whereas the petals of Marigold are rectangular ones with round corners. The other names for Calendula are pot marigold and common marigold. The whole part of Calendula is edible, while only some parts of Marigold are edible.


What Are the Advantages of Calendula?

The various advantages of Calendula are:
- Antioxidant effect.
- Promotes oral health.
- Treats various skin disorders.
- Fights cancer cells.
- Heals ulcers.


What Happens When You Use Calendula on the Skin?

Calendula is a natural extract obtained from marigold flowers. You can use it for treating eczema, perineal tears, or any parasitic infections. It has high levels of antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is mostly preferred as an alternative treatment method.


How Does Calendula Smell Like?

The smell of Calendula is often sweet and strong, like a musky smell. Sometimes the smell of Calendula can be warm, like a wooden smell. The smell of the Calendula is easily recognizable.


Is Calendula Safe for Usage in the Face?

Calendula extracts and oil is safe for the face. It helps in maintaining the skin in a hydrated condition. The overall appearance of the skin is enhanced by the use of Calendula. If you experience any abnormal signs after usage, then it is necessary to stop it immediately. You are advised to re-continue after genuine advice from your doctor.


Can Calendula Help in Overcoming Wrinkles?

One of the important properties of Calendula is its antioxidant effect. The antioxidant effect helps in delaying the process of aging and cell death. The oxidative damages to the cells are also prevented. Calendula is good at reducing wrinkles.


Is Calendula Safe for Consumption?

The beneficial effects of Calendula are more when it is taken for first aid purposes. Some people recommend it to be taken internally for digestive problems and yeast infections. Some people experience mild irritation on consumption, and in such cases, it is necessary to stop the consumption.


Does Calendula Have Antifungal Property?

Yes, Calendula is an antifungal agent. It can be used for treating a wide range of fungal infections. It can help in treating dandruff and dermatitis. You can contact for more help.


Is Calendula Considered Toxic?

Calendula is not toxic generally. It is having a high medicinal value and can be used for various purposes. It is known to provide several uterine contractions in pregnant women, so it is considered unsafe during pregnancy.


Does Calendula Serve Well for Your Hair?

Yes, Calendula is good for dry hair and scalp. You can use a hair conditioner and shampoo that contains Calendula. It helps in providing a moisturizing effect to the scalp and maintains it in a healthy way. Conditions like dandruff can also be treated.


Does Calendula Oil Help in Lightening the Skin?

Calendula contains a component called flavonoids. It helps in reducing the darker pigments present in the skin. Also, Calendula can increase the production of collagen. This can help in improving the elasticity of the skin and reduces wrinkles by enhancing blood flow.


Is Calendula Useful for Dark Spots?

Calendula is very helpful in removing the dark spots in the skin. It can provide a lighter skin tone due to the presence of flavonoids. The elasticity of the skin is restored, and so the skin appears smooth and soft.


What Are the Benefits of Calendula Soap?

Calendula soap is beneficial for the following problems:
- Psoriasis.
- Scratches.
- Eczema.
- Insect bites.
- Rashes.
- Chapped skin.


What Is the Usage of Calendula Tincture?

The Calendula tincture is specifically used for treating burns and wounds. It helps to reduce the inflammation at the injury site, and it also reduces bleeding. The irritated tissue can be cured using Calendula tincture.


What Are the Side Effects of Calendula?

Calendula is generally considered a non-toxic one. But, it is considered a risk factor in pregnancy. The common side effects faced by people who use Calendula are drowsiness and sleepiness.

Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018  -  2 min read




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