Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on November 4, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Calendula is one of those flowers that brings a smile to the face, just looking at its bright, cheery yellow and orange petals. They seem to capture the essence of the sunshine and radiate it back, brightening the day for all!
Calendula is a wonderful and versatile herbal medicine, as well. As an infused oil, Calendula can be used on all kinds of skin problems, from abrasions to burns to diaper rash. It has excellent skin-regenerative and rejuvenative properties, and additionally, is highly antifungal.
Calendula may also be taken internally as either a tea or tincture to help speed healing of wounds (e.g., ulcers) or to help with Candida overgrowth, and the cooled tea can be used as an effective douche for vaginal yeast infections.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan