Native to southern Europe and part of Asia, Calendula is now cultivated worldwide. It was named by the ancient Romans who looked upon Calendula's non-stop blooming as a symbol of joy. The ancient Egyptians valued it as a rejuvenating herb while Hindus used it to decorate temple altars.
Medieval monks prescribed Calendula for bowel problems, liver complaints and insect or snake bites. During the American Civil War doctors on the battlefield used the flowers to treat open wounds after it was found to have antiseptic and healing properties.
It is for these antiseptic, astringent and antimicrobial benefits that Calendula is best known today. It has been used to treat cuts, skin infections and varicose veins and is also considered helpful for fungal infections including athlete's foot, thrush, nappy rash, cradle cap, and sore, unsettled stomachs.
Please note: the traditional uses listed here are for reference only and under no circumstances should they be taken as recommendations for cures or treatments for diseases or medical conditions. Therapeutic oils are used to support natural body functions and work in harmony with our body's physiology.