Calendula is the Latin genus for about 20 different plants known commonly as marigolds. These flowers naturally grow in western Europe, southern Asia, and the Mediterranean region. The Calendula genus is in the daisy family and includes both annual or perennial plants. Ancient Romans used the flower to honor people, while Hindus have been using the herb to dress statues of their deities for many centuries. Germans use calendula in their soups, and Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures use the flower in their cuisine too. Calendula is a potent antioxidant with many anti-inflammatory properties. These properties stem from naturally occurring organic compounds like glycosides, oleanane, and saponins. Anyone can experience the health benefits of calendula.
Cultures around the world use calendula to soothe irritated or wounded skin. The compounds in the plant naturally bond with organic tissue and the triterpenoids they secrete can speed up the healing process. Experts recommend applying calendula oil to bug bites, scrapes, bruises, and other wounds. Anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agents also help reduce recovery time.
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