Calendula is a flowering plant also called pot marigold. It can be consumed as a tea or included in a variety of herbal remedies while the extract is made from both the flowers and the leaves, the tea is prepared by steeping the flowers in water boiling.
According to research, infections and fungus, as well as several skin conditions, have all been treated with calendula.
Calendula can be helpful in treating diaper rash, wounds, vaginal yeast infections, and other skin disorders. Additionally, calendula has been used to reduce inflammation and discomfort, and it has also been used to treat cancer, particularly to relieve adverse effects of therapy (such as radiation therapy). Calendula tea is a common remedy used in traditional medicine despite its slightly bitter taste due to its purported therapeutic benefits.
Here are 5 incredible health benefits of calendula tea and extract:
Filled with antioxidants
Antioxidants are healthy substances that neutralize the negative effects of oxidative stress on your body. Triterpenes, flavonoids, polyphenols, and carotenoids are some of the powerful antioxidants found in calendula extract. It also contains anti-inflammatory elements like tumor necrosis factor alpha. Even though inflammation is a natural body response, chronic inflammation has been linked to multiple conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity.
Promotes the healing of wounds and skin ulcers
Calendula extract found in oils, ointments, and tinctures can be used topically to heal wounds and ulcers topically. You can also apply the tea to your skin via a cloth wrap or a spray bottle. However, it is not known if drinking tea has the same benefits. Calendula extract may regulate the expression of specific proteins that help wound healing, according to test-tube and animal research.
Fights certain cancer cells
The antioxidants in calendula may have anti-tumor properties. Calendula’s flavonoid and triterpene antioxidants can inhibit the growth of leukemias, melanomas, and pancreatic cancer cells. According to research conducted in test tubes, the extract simultaneously activates proteins that destroy cancer cells and blocks other proteins that would otherwise inhibit cell death.
Supports oral health
Gingivitis and other oral diseases can be treated with calendula. One of the most common dental diseases is gingivitis, which is characterized by persistent irritation of the gums. In a 6-month trial of 240 people with gingivitis, those who received calendula mouthwash saw a 46% decrease in inflammatory levels, compared to a 35% decrease in the control group.
Improves skin health
Creams and ointments usually contain calendula extract in cosmetic formulations. Calendula extract may improve skin hydration, increase firmness and elasticity, and prevent wrinkles, according to test-tube and human tests. It may have antifungal and antimicrobial properties The antifungal and antibacterial effects of calendula extract are well established.
In particular, a test-tube study found calendula flower oil to be effective against 23 strains of Candida yeast, a common fungus that can cause infections of the mouth, vagina, and skin.
The parasite responsible for leishmaniasis, which can cause skin lesions or damage internal organs, including the spleen, liver and bone marrow, is also inhibited by calendula extract.
Side effects and precautions:
Calendula is safe for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Skin contact, while potentially beneficial for some people, may also cause allergic reactions in others. So, before using any calendula product, gauge your skin’s reaction to applying a small amount.
First published: June 26, 2022, 11:05 a.m. IST