Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula, (Calendula officinalis) is an herb long used for hastening the healing of wounds while fighting infection. According to eclectic herbal journals, “Where calendula is, no pus will form.” Along with its wound-healing and antiseptic properties, this sunny, versatile little herb is also used externally as a styptic (to slow bleeding) and for soothing eczema, psoriasis, burns, scrapes and sunburn. Calendula helps to ease sprains and bruises, and is especially useful for burns and wounds as it promotes healing while reducing the formation of contracting scar tissue. Also known as “Pot Marigold” or “Mary’s Gold”, it’s one of the most reliable anti-inflammatory herbs used for infusions, extracts and healing ointments. Evidence-based research supports using Calendula blossoms infused in oil as an ointment to effectively ease the pain of cracked or tender nipples for breastfeeding mothers. In addition, The German Commission E has approved the use of Calendula flower topically for poorly healing wounds.