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What Are the Benefits of Calendula?

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The benefits of calendula include its ability to treat insect bites, eczema, and minor burns. Calendula cream can also be useful in treating diaper rash. and acne and benefits of calendula include it's usefulness in healing cuts and scrapes. Calendula flower grows throughout the world, and although it is also referred to as pot marigold, it is not related to the marigold common to many homes and gardens. Calendula is available in many forms including calendula cream, calendula lotion, and calendula extract.

Other benefits of calendula include its ability to prevent or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Calendula can promote the body's ability to produce collagen, giving it anti-aging properties as well. In addition, calendula preparations can soothe the eyes when conjunctivitis is present and can even help reduce the appearance of bags and dark circles under the eyes. Gargling with calendula tea can help relieve a sore throat and help relieve symptoms of gum infections and other oral problems.

Since the petals of the calendula plant are edible, they can add beauty to pastries and salads. Benefits of calendula also include its power as an antioxidant to help the immune system ward off infections. Although there are many benefits of calendula and it is generally considered safe, consuming or applying its byproducts can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. Most reactions, however, are mild and typically only cause mild redness and slight skin irritation.

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Consuming calendula or using it as a cream, lotion, extract, or tea should be first discussed with a health care provider. In addition, women who are pregnant should not use calendula or other herbs and supplements without first consulting with their physicians, because they may not be safe for the baby. In addition, people with conditions such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease should not use calendula unless supervised by an experienced medical professional.

Calendula products are available at many cosmetic counters and at some health food stores. Although commonly available, people may prefer to make their own calendula products in their homes. Calendula oil for topical use, and not for ingestion, can be made by steeping the petals of the flower in regular vegetable oil for three or more weeks. Before using any product that contains calendula, it is recommended that a patch test be done on a small area of the skin to make sure that an allergic reaction does not occur.

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