Calendula has been traced back to cultures in ancient times that recognized and used the healing properites of this wonderful gentle flower herb!
In some of the earliest medical writings, calendula was recommended for treating ailments of the digestive tract. It was used to detoxify the liver and gall bladder. The flowers were applied to cuts and wounds to stop bleeding, prevent infection and speed healing. Calendula was also used for various women's ailments, and to treat a number of skin conditions. During the American Civil War, calendula flowers were used on the battlefields in open wounds as an antiseptic, and they were used in dressing wounds to promote healing with the practice additionally being used in WWI. Calendula has been historically significant in medicine in many cultures, and it is still important in alternative medicine today.
Calendula may have antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that might make it useful in healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving diaper rash. It’s also used as an antiseptic.
This tincture (1:2 ratio) can be used both internally and externally. (Do not use on broken skin) The tincture is to be used in a beverage and then consumed as needed according to the labels direction. It can be used externally "neat" straight from the bottle or for a more gentler application, added to water and used with a spray bottle.
Create external applications such as a gentle skin spray with 1 -2 full dropper fulls in a 4 oz spray bottle or use 1-2 dropper fulls with 1/2 cup water to make your own mouth gargle to help with infections or gum inflammation. Make a wound cleanser with 5ml of calendula tincture in 2 oz distilled water,blended in a sanitized spray bottle.
Useful during cold and flu season as a lymphatic/immune "support" in combination blends with other herbs used to calm down illness including: Echinacea, Elderberry and/or Oregano. The flowers stimulate mild sweating & the movement of blood, hence why it is helpful to support the immune system as it gets things moving. Calendula is an all around good general lymph support.
Contradictions - It is gentle for most ages but take note that there is evidence to suggest that calendula is not indicated in pregnant women as it may bring on the menstrual cycle. Traditionally this herb is used internally and externally. Do not use if you are allergic to ragweed, having surgery performed within 3 weeks, breast feeding or taking prescription sleep medications. https://web.archive.org/web/20150918070548/http://www.gardenguides.com/78027-history-calendula.html
Calendula is a calming herb similar to Chamomile and is not to be taken with anxiety medications, anti depressants, muscle relaxers or sleep aids. .
It is recommended to use one full dropper full in an 8 oz beverage of choice once a day. See how your body reacts with self monitoring and you may increase to 2-3x daily if needed.
A tincture is a liquid concentrated extract that is made from herbs to be ingested as a supplement to utilize that herbs beneficial properties. It is a quick and easy way to use herbs to assist with healing or as a preventative. Please see our article "What is a tincture" to understand more about them and the recommended dosages.
Tinctures have been proven to work faster, last longer and are stronger than most other forms of herbal supplements.
1 ounce glass bottle with dropper included with a shelf life of 1 yr+
Please take care when using herbal remedies and products. We highly recommend reading our page regarding "Precautions and Contradictions" and additionally, "What is a Tincture?".
I add this to my tea in the morning and you can't taste it!
I give this to my hubby for his tummy troubles. It has seemed to help him more than the tummy tincture.