Calendula has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it useful for salves and balms, for cuts, wounds, bruises, blisters, and mild burns. Diaper rash and insect bites will benefit from using this helpful herb.


Calendula is related to burdock and chamomile, herbs that are also used for their skin soothing properties. You could say that healing skin is “in the family”. It is also called “pot marigold” although it is no relation to the french marigold seen in so many annual gardens. Calendula’s chemical composition include compounds that reduce inflammation and combat infection from bacterial, fungal, and viral sources. In addition, compounds in calendula actually help the skin knit itself back together after a tear has occurred.

The most popular medicinal use for calendula is in treating irritated membrane conditions. During the Civil War, doctors used calendula leaves to treat open wounds on the battlefield. Calendula flower is among the most soothing of herbs for salves. For soothing children’s skin, herbalist Aviva Romm, author of Natural Healing for Babies and Children, uses it along with chickweed leaf, plantain leaf, comfrey leaf, and chamomile flower. One study of calendula for wounds showed that it noticeably stimulates physiological regeneration and skin healing.

Additional information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 2 in
Herb Weight

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