Origin : Native to southern Europe, but now found throughout the world.
Background : The antiseptic and anti- inflammatory properties of calendula have made it one of the longest established popular herbal remedies. Large amounts are grown in Russia, and it has been nicknamed “Russian penicillin.”
Preparation : The finely chopped, fresh flowers and leaves are steeped in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Calendula is usually given to heal and soothe cuts and broken skin. It may prevent the development of disfiguring scars from torn and jagged wounds. In addition, non- alcohol-based preparations of the remedy may soothe eczema. Calendula is prescribed internally and externally for leg and varicose ulcers, post- operative wounds, and ruptured muscles or tendons. It may be used to treat torn perineal tissues following childbirth, joint wounds where there is loss of synovial fluid, and bleeding in the gums after a tooth extraction.
Symptoms Better : For lying completely still; for walking.
Symptoms Worse : For damp, cloudy weather; for drafts; for eating.