What are marigolds?
Calendula officinalis is in the plant family known as Asteraceae or Compositae. Calendula marigolds are yellow-orange in color and form small flower petals that are harvested and dried for their many medicinal properties.
Although many different types of marigold flowers are grown around the world, calendula is considered the most medicinal. It is native to Egypt and parts of the Mediterranean but is now grown on every continent, usually blooming in the warmer months of the year (from about May to October in the Northern Hemisphere).
Benefits of Marigolds for Skin and Eyes:
- Full of antioxidants.
- Reduces inflammation and free radical damage.
- Reduces eye inflammation and conjunctivitis.
- It has natural antiseptic properties.
- Heals skin wounds, burns and rashes.
- Helps reduce hemorrhoid pain.
- Eases pain and spasms.
- Naturally repels insects.
Little is known about the effects of calendula for pregnant or breastfeeding women, so it’s best to consult your doctor before taking anything internally or using the extract on the skin.
Do not apply calendula directly to open wounds without your doctor’s advice, as it can cause irritation. Start with a small amount on the skin to test your reaction, and then you can gradually increase your dose.