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THE HERBAL CORNER
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

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Fights Skin Problems, Fungus, Pain, & More!
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The Calendula plant, also commonly known as Marigold, is grown throughout Europe, Western Asia, and the United States. Calendula is an annual (needs to be replanted each year) that thrives in any soil. It has large, yellow or orange flowers with many petals and is therefore high in carotenoids. Carotenoids assist in a quick and efficient repair of skin damage and the effects of aging on the skin. Dried flowers are the most important part of the Calendula for medicinal purposes.

Calendula relieves pain and is known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties. The herb was traditionally used to treat spasms, fever, suppressed menstruation, varicose veins, and other health conditions. Today, herbalists consider Calendula one of the most effective herbal remedies for skin problems, such as wounds, rashes, chapped hands, bedsores, and infections. It is an exceptional skin conditioner. The herb has also been proven useful against inflammation of the mouth and throat; wounds; leg ulcers; dry, chapped skin; skin rashes; and athlete's foot and other forms of fungus. Calendula is an astringent which helps damaged blood vessels to seal, stopping bleeding and preventing bruising, and may also be effective on varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Calendula is available in the following forms: fresh or dried leaves and florets, tinctures, liquid extracts, infusions, ointments, and creams. Calendula products should always be protected from light and moisture, and should not be stored for more than three years. Frequent skin contact may result in sensitivity. Calendula is also known to affect the menstrual cycle and should not be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding. No noteworthy interactions (positive or negative) between Calendula and conventional medications are known to have been reported in the literature to date.

Please note: the information contained herein has been compiled from various sources. The above statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. We make no claims, either expressed or implied, that any treatments mentioned in this newsletter will cure disease, replace prescription medication, or supersede sound medical advice.

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