Calendula: medicinal properties and contraindications

Calendula is very common in ourthe middle band is a plant that people can meet under different names: both marigolds, and at random, and the hollow core, and the core. The plant has found wide application, as in folk medicine, and in the preparation of traditional medicines, as well as in cosmetology. Calendula has medicinal properties and contraindications, which we will tell you about in this article.

Characteristics of the plant

Calendula is an annual herb from the familyastroids (Compositae). Its stems can reach heights from forty to seventy centimeters and have a very large number of lanceolate, pubescent leaves arranged in the next order.

The flower of marigold looks like a basket, inside of which there are small flowers of tubular form, and outside - flowers in the form of tongues or rays of different sizes.

Usually the color of flowers varies fromlight yellow to bright orange. The aroma emanating from them can be called specific. The period of flowering of calendula falls on June-October and lasts until the frosts.

Calendula is an annual herb from the family of astroids

Collect calendula as it blooms anddry either in a well-ventilated area under a canopy or in an oven at a temperature of about fifty degrees. And with that, and with another method of drying flowers need to periodically turn over. For natural drying it will take about a week. To store the dried plant is convenient in cans with opaque glass of color for one year.

The Benefits of Marigold

Calendula is still necessary in medicineplant, despite a strong shift in the development of modern science. Calendula has medicinal properties and contraindications, therefore it is used to cure many diseases, as well as to alleviate the pain associated with certain symptoms.

Calendula is used for the preparation of ointments and tinctures for internal use, both in traditional medicine and in folk medicine, so the area of ​​application of this plant is quite extensive.

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Calendula is used for preparation of ointments and tinctures for internal use

The main part of the beneficial substances of marigold is contained in flowers, therefore the root part is practically not used for the treatment of diseases. In the composition of marigold you can find the following components:

  • carotene, due to which the flowers of the plant acquire their bright orange color;
  • resins of different kinds;
  • various acids, including salicylic and others;
  • Essential oils, which are manifested in a peculiar smell of marigold;
  • tannins;
  • antioxidants, which protect the body from the effects of external negative factors;
  • phytoncides, which are capable of neutralizing bacteria and fungi that enter the human body;
  • flavonoids, carotenoids, thanks to which calendula is famous for its anti-inflammatory effect;
  • calendene is a basic substance.
  • The Benefits of Plants

    Such a diverse composition of marigolds are usefulits properties make it almost infinite, but we nevertheless list the main ones. And first it is necessary to note the ability of medicines from calendula to excelently remove inflammation, and also to anesthetize and act as an antiseptic.

    Drugs and traditional medicines can help patients with the following diseases:

  • occlusion of blood vessels;
  • neurosis, stress and a period of menopause that is unpleasant for many women;
  • diseases related to the gastrointestinal tract, for example, gastritis or its complication - an ulcer (it is recommended to apply the tincture in parallel with the main drug treatment);
  • disease of respiratory organs (famous for its expectorant action);
  • many viral diseases (you can both slow down the development of the disease, and warn, strengthening immunity);
  • skin diseases (acne, ulcers, boils);
  • thrush and other fungal diseases;
  • diseases related to the reproductive system of women.

  • Collect calendula as it blossoms

    This is not all areas in which calendula can be an independent drug. And assistants to traditional medicines.

    Calendula: contraindications

    As with any medicine, whether it's a pharmaceutical or a grandmother's prescription, and in calendula, contraindications along with therapeutic properties take place. We list them:

  • an allergy associated with individual intolerance to certain plant components;
  • age up to twelve years;
  • pregnancy (can provoke miscarriage), except for rinsing with cough;
  • diseases of the cardiovascular system, since calendula is able to reduce blood pressure;
  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract at the stage of exacerbation.
  • Before using calendula as aa remedy, remember also that its reception can strengthen the action of some other medications, including motherwort, valerian or catnip.

    Calendula should be dried in a well-ventilated area under a canopy or in an oven at a temperature of about fifty degrees

    Experts do not recommend self-medication, so if you find any symptoms, first consult a doctor, and already he should specify the possibility of treatment with folk remedies.