Calendula – A Miracle Story

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on September 16, 2012

This plant earns a spot in the garden for its medicine properties, which were recognized as far back as ancient Roman times. The Romans dubbed what we call the common Pot Marigold Calendula Officinalis. The Romans coined the name Calendula to reflect the herb’s blooming schedule, for it would flower on the calends, or new moon, of every month. Officinalis refers to its ‘official’ medicinal value.
This herb is a favorite among herbalists, and for good reason. It has a truly magical effect in healing wounds. Calendula has a more powerful ability to hinder bacteria than many antibiotics, but it also has the benefit of having an anti-inflammatory effect while it promotes new healthy cell growth. It also works against fungal infections. It is ideal for first aid treatment and works almost miraculously as an antiseptic lotion
A friend brought her dog in to see me many years ago. The dog’s left front leg had been run over by a gravel truck. All of the skin, muscle and tendon on the lower, front part of the leg had been sheared off. To make matters worse, the gravel had been ground into the wound. It looked like the best possible scenario would involve skin grafting. She did not have the financial wherewithal to do much at all. We decided that I would remove the gravel and clean it up. Every day, under my direction, she placed bandages well moistened with calendula on the wound. A fresh bandage was applied every day. By the end of the month the entire wound had healed and the leg appeared normal. No grafting was necessary and all the fur grew back.
In Europe, calendula flowers are a common ingredient in ointments and creams used to treat cuts, mild burns, inflammations, sores and bee stings.
I have to admit that Calendula is my favorite, for it can do so much. Calendula acts as an antifungal and antibacterial agent. It is excellent to place on the skin of itching dogs and can sometimes stop a hot spot in a jiff. For hot spots, use a strong infusion made from the leaves, and applies this frequently to the area. Calendula is widely available in salve and ointment form in health food stores. A liquid tincture is also available which you dilute from 1:1 to 1:10 and apply on any wound. A pad soaked in the infusion or diluted tincture can be applied to speed up the healing of wounds.
It may seem odd that a common flower that we plant in our gardens has such powerful healing abilities but it really does. Try it!

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