What is Calendula?
Calendula is a plant that has been used for centuries for ornamental purposes, as well as culinary, cosmetic and medicinal reasons. Even if you’re not quite sure what it is, you probably are familiar with marigolds. This plant is in the same species as marigolds and often called by the alternative name pot marigold. Calendula can be taken orally, but more popularly it’s applied topically. It is known to help with a variety of health issues, is a powerful antioxidant and is among the strongest of antiviral herbs. In addition, it helps health issues ranging from skin inflammation to cramps to even cancer!
How do we use it?
Calendula is one of the safest herbs on the planet and it has been used topically for centuries to heal wounds, skin irritations and inflammation, making it the perfect ingredient in our Organic Paw Rescue, Organic Healing Balm and Organic Hot Spot Oil.
How does Calendula work to help heal?
The herb increases the flow of blood to the wound site, providing the oxygen and nutrients essential to tissue regeneration. And, with its high amount of flavonoids, can help reduce inflammation, speeding up the stages of healing. These flavonoids also fight off bacteria, viruses and other harmful foreign invaders, protecting against wound infection. Another use for calendula is that it can be a soothing ointment, wash or tincture, as it can help provide cooling relief on irritated wounds and reduce inflammation and swelling.
Is Calendula safe for my pet?
Absolutely! In fact, Calendula has been used topically for many years on dogs and cats as an herbal remedy for wounds and insect bites. *Calendula should not be used on severe wounds that require suture, or wounds that need to remain exposed in order to drain. This is due to the fact that the rapid healing properties that calendula encourages could cause the infection to be trapped inside of healed skin.