Common marigold, golden marigold, pot marigold, ruddles
This plant is a bright orange-yellow in colour and belongs to the daisy family.
The chopped flowers.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Skin inflammation, duodenal and gastric ulcers, fungal infection, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation).
Key actions: Anti-inflammtory, antimicrobial, lymphatic, vulnerary, haemostatic.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat the healing of wounds as well as gastric ulcers and skin complaints.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb (1 to 4 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 0.3 to 1.2 ml (1:5 tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:1 Take 0.5 to 1 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 12 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
In cosmetics, the flower is often infused into oil or added to a cream base as a tincture. We sell the infused oil, the flowers and the tinctures so you can make your own cosmetics. We also use calendula a lot in our Napiers creams and mouthwashes as it is soothing and helps in skin cell repair and renewal. It is used a lot in skincare for people with extremely sensitive skin and, like chickweed, is found to be useful by those who react to even conventional hypoallergenic skin products.
There is a known allergy to the calendula plant.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Compositae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
There have been incidences of contact dermatitis reported. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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