Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

The vividly bright orange flower petals of Calendula officinalis are used for medicinal purposes.

Calendula petals have remarkable healing properties because of their antiseptic and antifungal properties, and by speeding up the rate of cell division. They’re anti-inflammatory also, so are ideal for alleviating skin itches and for rapidly healing rubbed skin.

When Calendula is combined in equal proportions with Clivers (Galium Aparine) they make a powerful blend to detox and support the lymphatic system. This combination also works well together with Nettle to treat cystitis and skin conditions.

Used internally, Calendula petals have the following benefits:

  • Heals wounds and ulcers
  • Blood tonic
  • Anti-inflammatory and astringent
  • Helps to relieve gastric ulcers
  • Antiseptic and antifungal
  • Helps to relieve cystitis and skin conditions when combined in equal proportions with nettle and clivers.


Horses:          1-2 handfuls in feed daily (approximately 10-15g)

Ponies:           ½ -1 handful in feed daily (approximately 6-10g)

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Used externally, Calendula tincture has the following benefits:

  • Applied neat externally, speeds healing of bruises and wounds
  • Dilute calendula tincture with one parts calendula tincture to 10 parts water to make a soothing tea for topically alleviating itchy skin.
  • An excellent general wound wash can be made by diluting calendula tincture 50:50 with colloidal silver. Ideal also for large itchy skin areas that have been rubbed raw.
  • For deep wound cleaning, dilute calendula tincture 50:50 with propolis tincture, and use a syringe without needle to deeply flush the wound.

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