Calendula officinalis is a herb endowed with unique medicinal properties. Along with chamomile and nettles, you can almost always find it in your home medicine cabinet. Decoctions, tinctures, and also medicinal preparations based on calendula are a storehouse of useful substances.
Calendula officinalis (the closest relative of asters) is easily recognized by its golden-orange or bright yellow flowers.
Its second name - - it got because of the seeds: they have a curved shape, so they look like the claws of birds (according to another version - the claws of cats).
Among the people, she is lovingly called "the flower of the sun" and "the bride of summer".
This cultivated plant is endowed with unique medicinal properties, and therefore has been valued in pharmacology and medicine since time immemorial. However, for therapeutic purposes, only one part of it is used - inflorescences, in which all the healing power of nature is concentrated.
Calendula - chemical composition
The flowers of calendula officinalis contain carotenoids and flavonoids.
Thanks to these components, the plant has a high pharmacological activity, expressed in antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, wound healing and antioxidant action.
Organic acids, which account for almost 8% of the total chemical composition, are responsible for stimulating metabolism in the body, tannins - for removing toxins and toxins, strengthening blood vessels, and vitamins and a number of trace elements help:
- give strength to immunity;
- normalize heart rate;
- improve the condition of the endocrine glands.
The presence of phytoncides in calendula flowers () has a beneficial effect on the nervous system and a destructive effect on viruses, pathogenic bacteria, fungi. They increase the body's resistance to colds, accelerate recovery from acute respiratory viral infections and acute respiratory infections.
Medicinal calendula: seven troubles - one answer
The plant has been successfully used to treat and prevent many ailments. But especially she has proven herself in the treatment of diseases:
- Upper respiratory tract - tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis;
- Oral cavity - stomatitis, periodontal disease, gingivitis, glossitis;
- Skin - purulent wounds, cuts, soft tissue bruises, eczema, acne;
- Digestive tract - gastritis, stomach ulcer, inflammation of the gallbladder;
- Cardiovascular system - hypertension, arrhythmia;
- Nervous system - neuroses, insomnia;
- Genitourinary system - cystitis, candidiasis, Trichomonas colpitis.
Decoctions, infusions and tinctures, cosmetic creams, extracts, medicinal ointments, oil are prepared from calendula flowers.
Pharmacy preparations with calendula
… Methods of application - externally, locally, internally. Purpose: treatment of superficial skin lesions, rinsing the mouth and throat. Ingestion is indicated for cholangitis and cholecystitis.
bactericidal. For oily and combination skin care, acne treatment, pigmentation elimination. Reduces the activity of the sebaceous glands, cleanses the pores, and has a tonic effect.
… For the treatment of gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, diseases of the biliary tract.
with petroleum jelly. For the treatment of diaper rash, furunculosis, elimination of cracks in the heels, skin, lips, nipples.
with corn oil. For the healing of wounds, burns. Against bruises, purulent wounds, frostbite, hematomas, diaper rash in babies.
with mallow and echinacea. It is used for varicose veins. For dry and sensitive skin care, including psoriasis. Activates blood circulation. Perfectly moisturizes and nourishes dehydrated skin.
for all skin types, including sensitive skin.Accelerates the regeneration of damaged skin, stimulates the metabolism in cells. Softens the skin, disinfects, relieves inflammation. Used to enrich shampoos, conditioners and hair masks.
Important to remember
In each individual case, the use of cosmetics and medicines based on calendula is carried out taking into account the dosage indicated in the instructions, or according to an individual therapeutic scheme prescribed by a cosmetologist or attending physician.
Before using any drug, you must familiarize yourself with contraindications, side effects and possible allergic reactions.
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