Calendula Information

 Marybud, Marigold, calendula

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Most Common Name: Calendula
Botanical Name: Caltha Officinalis, Calendula
Also Known As (other names): Marigold, Christi, Garden Marigold, Marybud, Gold-bloom, Calendula,  Maygold.

Calendula or Marigold has been used for many centuries for a variety of purposes, initially as a dye for hair in the fifteen hundreds but soon was acknowledged as an important medicinal herb. Calendula was initially used as an antiseptic on wounds and to treat many other skin problems. Today the scope of this useful herb is far greater.

Calendula is commonly grown in gardens all over the world for its beautiful yellow flowers and recently the oil is used as a substitute for turpentine. It is also widely used as a food dye in cheese, butter and margarine.   

Embelia Use for/In treatment of:

InflammationInsect stingsSkin diseases
Fungal infectionsPeriod painsChild birth

Embelia Properties:

Antiseptic Anti-inflammatorySpasmolytic


Calendula Administered as:

Liquid ExtractExtract powder or granulesTincture
Fluid extract or syrupLotionsOintment

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture


Calendula Constituents (i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):


Carotenoids: Carotenoids is the largest group in the Tetraterpenes. Carotenoids are responsible for the red to yellow pigmentation in vegetables and fruit. A number of the over 500 carotenoids are pro-vitamins and are converted to vitamin A in the digestive process.

Most carotenoids have been found to have antioxidant properties and help in the control of free radicals. There is also some that believe that some of the carotenoids are also active against some cancer cells although this aspect is still being researched.

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.


Free Triterpenes: Free Triterpenes are anti-inflammatory and has some immunemodulating and antiviral properties. Take care if using this compound with other immune stimulating drugs as free triterpenes can act against these. We strongly recommend consulting a doctor or appropriately qualified practitioner.


Polysaccharides: Polysaccharides (Glycans) are polymers that are made up as sugar chains. Polysaccharides making up the gums and mucilages, occur in every plant.

Polysaccharides are virtually indigestible and therefore have little or no effect if ingested. Polysaccharides are mostly inert and the majority are not soluble in water or organic solvents. Most gums will absorb water to the point where they become a sticky gel.

Mucilages and Gums (Polysaccharides): Widely present in the plant kingdom these substances are hydrophilic, being able to attract and bind with a volume of water that far exceeds the mass of the gum or mucilage.

Apart from their propensity to attract water, Mucilages and Gums are virtually inert and also almost fully indigestible. Generally the small amount of digestion that happens extracts very little sugar and no noteworthy pharmacological effect.

Because of this neutrality and indigestibility their value if ingested is that they are demulcent - which means that they coat and protect the lining of the gastric tract, if applied externally they are emollient - which means that they coat and protect the skin.

Heliantriol C and FCalenduladoilPentacyclic alcoholsCholorgenic acid


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