Calendula officinalis   drawing of calendula flower
Other names Pot marigold, Mary bud
Habitat Annual plant native to Egypt and the Mediterranean area and cultivated in temperate regions around the world
Constituents Triterpenes, resin, bitter glycosides, essential oil, sterols, flavonoids, mucilage, carotenes
Actions Non-tannin astringent
Local tissue healer
Therapeutic uses Digestive problems — helps inflammatory problems of the digestive system such as gastritis, peptic ulcers, ileitis and colitis
Detoxifying — cleansing for liver and gallbladder, helps treat the toxicity that underlies many fevers and infections, and systemic skin disorders such as eczema and acne
Gynaecological uses — mildly oestrogenic and used to relieve period pain and regulate menstrual bleeding
absurditii blends Dawn — combined with cornflower petals, hibiscus, peppermint leaves, raspberry leaves and rosehips

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