Calendula Powder - Usage & Health Benefits

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CalendulaMarkets these days are overflowing with cosmetics that claim to possess excellent wound healing and skin soothing ability, owing to the presence of Calendula Powder in it.  Calendula or pot marigold is the most cultivated and used flower of the daisy family, and calendula powder is the dried and ground form of this flower. It has been popular among Egyptians, Indians, and Arabs for it’s reportedly rejuvenating properties. In modern society, calendula powder finds many more uses and benefits, read along to find out more about these in this article.


 


Uses of Calendula Powder


  • Used in the food industry to color cheese and as a ‘saffron’ substitute

  • Used in the preparation of tincture to treat acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and soothing irritated tissue

  • Used in the preparation of calendula soaps, oils, lotions, salves, and creams

  • Used to treat chapped lips and diaper rash

  • Used in pharmaceutical preparations of tinctures, liquid extracts,  infusions, ointments, and creams

  • Used in the preparation of herbal tea - useful in the treatment of low-grade fevers, cold, toothaches, and menstrual cramps

  • Used in the preparation of face rinse to eliminate acne and improve your complexion

  • Used as a natural hair highlighter for blond and brunette hair

  • Used to extract calendula oil which is used in aromatherapy


 


Health Benefits of Calendula Powder


Calendula powder contains calcium, vitamin C, and Vitamin E. It also owes several therapeutic properties to it’s phytochemical profile, which enables it prevent certain diseases and protects the body, cells, and DNA from free radical induced damage. The powder can be used externally or consumed internally to experience the following benefits


  • Possesses anti-tumor (cytotoxic) activity and immunomodulatory (lymphocyte activation) properties

  • Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-parasitic, anti-HIV, anti-tumor, and antimicrobial agent

  • Promotes healing of external lacerations, abrasions, minor burns, wounds, bruises

  • Heals inflamed and infected mucous membranes internally

  • Prevents development of severe dermatitis at the radiation site among patients undergoing radiation therapy, especially among breast cancer patients

  • Treats ear infections  

  • Treats skin irritations and infections like ulcerations, eczema, insect stings, poison ivy and poison oak dermatitis

  • Cures mastitis

  • Possibly helps in the treatment of varicose veins, conjunctivitis, inflammatory disorders, and muscle spasms

  • Induces sweating

  • Increases urination

  • Relieves stomach cramps, aches, and indigestion


 


Use of Calendula Powder is relatively safe, but it should not be consumed internally by pregnant and lactating women.


 


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