Calendula officinalis

Calendula officinalis is a well-known homeopathic (and herbal) remedy derived from the common marigold flower. It is also known as simply 'Calendula'. This plant is very important in natural medicine and is processed in different ways for use in different treatment modalities. For example, it is also used to produce the (massage) carrier oil Calendula Oil.

Calendula officinalis is sometimes used in combination with hypericum perforatum to prepae a cream called "Hypercal" that is sometimes used to treat custs, sores, and open wounds. The action of the calendula officinalis in this preparation is to act as a natural antiseptic and so help to keep the area free of infection.

Other uses of calendula officinalis may include the treatment of

  • abscesses
  • burns
  • perineal tears during birth or episiotomy
  • to facilitate general healing of body tissues.


More about the substance used to prepare calendula officinalis homeopathic remedy:

The homeopathic remedy calendula officinalis is derived from a flowering plant that is widely known as the 'common marigold' and also known as 'marybud'.

A sketch of some examples of calendula officinalis in flower is shown belowon the left.

The remedy is produced from the flowerheads, including the petals, of the plant.

Homeopathic preparations are usually supplied in either liquid or pill form. Regardless of the physical form in which the remedy is taken, its preparation will have involved a series of dilutions during which the original substance was repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken) in a solvent such as water and/or alcohol.

There are very many (over 2,000) homeopathic remedies, some of which are available from chemists and health food shops. These pages feature some of the most popular homeopathic remedies and are for general interest only: This is not medical advice. Consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for advice about use of this and any other homeopathic remedy. Bear in mind that homeopathic remedies are very dilute; even if a homeopathic remedy is beneficial, the substance from which it is derived may be harmful.

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