Name: Marigold Extract
Effectiveness: Anti-aging / Anti-cancer / Antisepsis and anti-inflammation
1. Sources and Habitat
Calendula, marigold, is a genus of about 1220 species of annual or perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family Asteraceae, native to an area from Macaronesia east through the Mediterranean to Iran. Calendula should not be confused with other plants that are also known as marigolds, such as corn marigold, desert marigold, marsh marigold, or plants of the genus Tagetes.
The most commonly cultivated and used member of the genus is the pot marigold (Calendula officinalis). Herbal and cosmetic products named 'calendula' invariably derive from C. officinalis.
2. Descriptions and Specifications of Product
Content Specifications: 5.0-20.0% Lutein Test by UV
Molecular Formula: NA
Molecular Mass: NA
CAS NO: NA
Constitutional Formula: NA
3. Indications and Uses
High Antioxidant Content
Marigolds contain numerous antioxidant carotenoids that give the petals their bright orange and yellow colors. An antioxidant is a compound that helps protect the cells from damage caused by free radicals, or hazardous molecules. High intake of antioxidants helps combat free radical damage. The primary carotenoids in marigolds are lutein and zeaxanthin, often paired together, and lycopene. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in the retina of the eye, where they protect the eye from the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. Lycopene is reported to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease.
The antioxidants in marigolds help fight and prevent cancer. Lutein not only reduced the number of tumors in the breast, it also prevented new cancer cells from developing. Marigold has also been found effective against leukemia, colon and melanoma cancer cells.
One of marigold's folk uses has been in the area of wound healing. Rubbed on burns, scrapes and irritated skin, marigolds provide relief. Brasileira researchers also state that marigold acts as an anti-inflammatory due to the presence of other compounds, including triterpenes and steroids.
4. Safety Concerns
Calendula is known to cause allergic reactions. Calendula should be avoided during pregnancy.
5. Dosage Information
Dried Florets: 1-4 g or by infusion three times daily.
Liquid Extract: 0.5-1.0 mL (1:1 in 40% alcohol) three times daily.
Calendula Tincture: (BPC 1934) 0.3-1.2 mL (1:5 in 90% alcohol) three times daily.
Dried Extract: Marigold (Calendula) capsules are generally available in strengths that range from 300 to 600 mg. Within herbal blends, quantities of marigold flower are significantly smaller. Typically, a capsule strength of 400 to 500 mg is recommended to be taken 3 times daily.
External Use Tincture-liquid extract (1:1) in 40% alcohol or tincture 1:5 in 90% alcohol. Apply to wounds as such and dilute 1:3 with water for compresses. Ointment 2.5%.