Traditionally Used for:
- Anal tears (anal fissures). Early research suggests that that applying calendula to the affected area may reduce pain in people with anal tears who do not respond to treatment with sitz baths and the medication nifedipine.
- Diabetic foot ulcers. Early research shows that using a calendula spray in addition to standard care and hygiene might prevent infection and decrease odor in people with long-term foot ulcer from diabetes.
- Diaper rash. Peeling lips (exfoliative cheilitis).
- Gum inflammation.
- Insect repellant.
- Ear infections (otitis media).
- Pressure ulcers.
- Skin inflammation due to radiation therapy (radiation dermatitis).
- Thinning of the wall of the vagina (vaginal atrophy).
- reduces symptoms of vaginal atrophy such as vaginal itching, burning, dryness, and pain during intercourse.
- Vaginal yeast infection.
- Leg ulcers.
- Wound healing.
- Muscle spasms.
- Promoting menstruation.
- Treating mouth and throat soreness.
- Varicose veins.used to prevent muscle spasms
- start menstrual periods
- reduce fever.
- treating sore throat and mouth
- menstrual cramps
- stomach and duodenal ulcers.
- measles, smallpox, and jaundice.
- swelling (inflammation)
- (used topically) for nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the rectum (proctitis), ear infection, gum disease, peeling lips (exfoliative cheilitis), diaper rash, vaginal yeast infection, and inflammation of the lining of the eyelid (conjunctivitis).
- Essential oil of calendula has been used as an insect repellant
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take calendula by mouth if you are pregnant. It is LIKELY UNSAFE. There is a concern that it might cause a miscarriage. It’s best to avoid topical use as well until more is known.
There is not enough reliable information about the safety of using calendula if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Calendula may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking calendula.
Surgery: Calendula might cause too much drowsiness if combined with medications used during and after surgery. Stop taking calendula at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Don’t confuse calendula with ornamental marigolds of the Targets genus, which are commonly grown in vegetable gardens.
Be cautious with this combination:
Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with CALENDULA
Calendula might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking calendula along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.