Herbs - Medicinal Plants
The essential oil of Calendula officinalis is responsible for its antiseptic and parasiticide actions, along with the presence of alcohols and terpene lactones, having an antibiotic and fungicide action.
It has anti-inflammatory properties due to the faradiol triterpene alcohol, is wound healing, emmenagogue, antispasmodic, sudorific, choleretic and hypotensive.
Because of its properties, the Pot marigold is used internally for the inflammation of organs, intestinal ulcers, constipation, infections and dysmenorrhea. It is also used as a diuretic and diaphoretic. Has been used in cancer therapy, but currently is not been extended their usefulness.
The preparations of the Calendula officinalis have been used for
blood circulation, spasms and eczema. It´s also prescribed for irregular menstruation.
However the benefits of Pot marigold, currently its use is confined almost exclusively topically: acne, skin rashes, scalds, minor burns, bruises, insect bites, disinfection and healing up wounds, skin ulcers, boils , abscesses, exfoliative dermatitis, gingivitis, pharyngitis, vulvovaginitis, vulvovaginal mucosal dystrophy.
The Calendula officinalis is contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation (in concentrated extractive forms).
The fresh plant can cause contact dermatitis although its sensitization potential is low after the frequent use of the drug, demonstrated by the low percentage of involvement in patients studied with 10% tincture. Only 2 patients out of 1031 had reactions (Bruynzee et al, 1992).
There is one report of anaphylactic shock after gargling with an infusion of calendula plant (Goldman, 1974).
- Infusion of Calendula officinalis: one teaspoon per cup. Infuse 15 minutes, have a cup before meals. To treat dysmenorrhea, must begin to take it fifteen days before menstruation.
- Tincture of Pot marigold (1:10): 40-60 drops three times daily.
- Fluid Extract (1:1) 20 to 30 drops, twice or three times daily.
-Tincture of Calendula officinalis (10%): Mix 5 ml in 200 ml water, apply 2 to 5 times a day;
-Tincture (20%): mix 2.5 mL in 200 mL of water,
-Fluid Extract: mix 10 drops in 200 mL of water, apply 3-5 times a day.
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