Calendula is not only a beautiful flower, but also a versatile herb that has found cultural, medicinal, and culinary uses around the world.
Both methanol and ethanol extracts of calendula have shown great antibacterial and antifungal activity against tested strains of fungi, compared to prescribed medicine compounds, such as fluconazole.
Calendula contains high levels of carvacrol, a monoterpenoid phenol that has been described as a promoter for liver regeneration and is thought to be responsible for the digestive action of the plant.
Calendula’s astringent properties are thought to be due to the flavonoids in its volatile oil, which contract the tiny blood vessels in the skin, promoting healing. In addition, it is thought that calendula’s active compounds, such as beta-carotene and phytosterols, trigger new tissue growth in the skin. It may be able to prevent or improve diaper rash.
Preliminary research indicates that using a calendula mouthwash may help decrease bleeding from the gums and plaque buildup.
Because of its weak estrogenic effect, calendula has been utilized in easing menstrual pain, as well as diminishing menopause symptoms like vaginal dryness.