Calendula, more commonly known as Marigold, is a type of flower in the Daisy family which is native to southwest Asia, western Europe, Macronesia, and the Mediterranean. This flower has been used in both traditional and modern medicine, and exhibits a number of culinary uses. The petals of Calendula are edible. They are often used in fresh salads, to color cheese (that’s what gives it a yellow coloring), or as a replacement for saffron.
Traditional Medicine Uses
Traditionally, Calendula has been used as anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor agent, and a remedy for help in healing wounds. It is also anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, and for a wide variety of ailments. A few of these ailments include:
- controlling bleeding
- soothing irritated tissues
- preventing dermatitis
- easing pain
- abdominal cramps
People who are allergic to ragweed pollen may also be allergic to Calendula. Do a spot skin test to find out if this applies to you. People who are pregnant and/or nursing should not use Calendula as there has been limited research done as to it’s effects on these people.
Now that you know what Calendula is, how it has traditionally been used, and who should not use this herb, let’s go ahead and find out what awesome health benefits it has.
1. Soothes Indigestion
Most people have suffered from a case of indigestion at one point or another. Others suffer from near constant indigestion. No matter which case it might be, Calendula can help soothe it for you. Actually, this awesome herb won’t just help cure your indigestion, but it has also been shown to prevent indigestion from ever happening in the first place! Regular use of Calendula can help to strengthen and tone your stomach and intestines, as well as cure ulcers.
How To Use For Indigestion
Prior to eating your largest meal of the day (typically supper, but could also be breakfast or lunch), drink a cup of warm Calendula tea. You can sweeten the tea with a bit of honey if you desire. Make sure you drink it every single day if you are prone to indigestion. Don’t wait for severe indigestion to strike.
5 Tips To Make This Work Better
- Eat 6 small meals each day instead of 3 large meals to cut down on stomach issues.
- Learn what foods trigger your indigestion by keeping a food journal, and then avoid them.
- Often, indigestion is the result of a food allergy or intolerance. Go see an allergist for testing to see if this applies to you.
- Other common reasons for constant indigestion are Acid Reflux and IBS. If you believe this might be the root of your issues, consult a stomach doctor or ask your primary doctor about the possibility.
- Drinking a glass of milk may help soothe indigestion because it coats the stomach in a protective mucous layer.