Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Helpful Herbs: Calendula

Calendula, also known at Pot Marigold, is a popular herbal remedy.  But does science back up its reputation as a healer?

Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant power

This study looks at the anti-inflammatory power of calendula and how it inhibits inflammatory compounds called cytokines:

Calendula was found to be a strong antioxidant that supports liver and kidney function:


This study found calendula to help breast cancer drug tamoxifen in fighting breast cancer cells:

A tea of calendula and chamomile tea was found to kill cancer cells:

Calendula extract was found to be potent against colon cancer, leukemia and melanoma:

Skin Healing

Helps reduce oxidative damage caused by UV-B radiation:

Wound-healing properties:

Helps prevent dermatitis in patients receiving radiation treatment:

Antioxidant that helps heal burns and prevent granulomas:

Many Benefits

This review looks in detail at its many benefits, including being anti-HIV, cytotoxic against cancer cells, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective (liver support) and spasmolytic (muscle-relaxant).


Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for this great information! I had no idea about the powerful, cancer-fighting properties of Calendula. Do any if your products currently contain this ingredient? Can you share which ones?

Thank you,


Stephanie Greenwood said...

None currently, but thanks for asking!