Calendula has been used as both a herbal and homeopathic remedy for centuries and is created from the common garden marigold. Homeopathic calendula is used to treat internal conditions such as fever and infections, whereas calendula tincture can be used to treat disorders of the skin. The magical healing powers of calendula are legendary and when nothing else seems to work, it’s a logical go-to for all types of infections.
Homeopathic calendula can be taken internally to treat a wide variety of conditions such as wounds from surgical sutures, injuries and many other disorders. It can provide relief from systemic infections and those on the skin such as erysipelas, herpes and boils. Taking calendula to promote healing in burns allows the skin to heal without the formation of pus or suppuration. Homeopathic calendula is safe for both adults and children but should be used under the supervision of a homeopath.
Many types of fevers can be treated using homeopathic calendula including those that are the result of bacterial skin infections and blood poisoning. According to homeopath Dr. William Boericke in the “Materia Medica and Repertory,” taking homeopathic calendula internally helps to clean the blood of pathogens. Those who require calendula for their fever will exhibit symptoms such as shivers, chills, coldness in the extremities, excessive perspiration and sensitivity to open air.
Topical Calendula Uses
Calendula is also available for topical use in the form of a tincture and can be purchased from homeopathic pharmacies. It is made using an alcohol base and then diluted with water to make it safe for use on the skin. It works extremely well for wounds, abrasions and minor cuts to the skin. It is also safe for use in more sensitive areas of the body such as the genitals on mucous membranes and in the mouth. Calendula has both antibiotic and antiseptic properties. The tincture is also available in a non-alcoholic glycerin-based version that can be used as an eye wash, vaginal douche and also as a treatment for burns, skin rashes and yeast infections. Diluted non-alcoholic calendula can be used as a mouthwash to relive herpes attacks or gum disease. Always take care not to swallow the mouth wash as it can cause stomach upset and avoid giving it to children.
Calendula tincture can be used to create a wide range of ointments, creams, oils and lotions that can be applied directly to the skin to treat a number of disorders. They are available from health food stores, or you can make your own homemade versions. Many recipes are available online that include ingredients such as coconut oil, lanolin, olive oil and shea butter that are easy to prepare. One simple recipe combines olive oil, arnica, calendula and lanolin to make an effective hemorrhoid treatment.
Homeopathic calendula pills can also be dissolved in water and the solution can then be applied directly to the skin to treat minor cuts and wounds. This method is ideal for treatments that require a low potency of calendula. It is not suitable for mixing with other creams and ointments as it may lose its strength.
Both homeopathic calendula and the tincture can be purchased from health food stores, homeopathic pharmacies and online. Herbal calendula extract can be used in place of the tincture if it is unavailable and must be diluted in water before use. If your symptoms persist or increase while using calendula, stop taking it and consult your health care practitioner.
The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Everyday Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing“; James Duke; 2002
“Back to Eden”; Jethro Kloss; 2004
“Medicinal Plants of North America: A Field Guide”; Jim Meuninck; 2008
“Materia Medica and Repertory”; William Boericke; 1998
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