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Calendula Mother Tincture: properties and benefits

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Calendula is an herbaceous perennial plant whose flowers are widely used in herbal medicine for both external and internal use for its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and soothing properties.



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Calendula Mother Tincture: benefits and indications?

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Calendula plant, what is it?

Marigold is a wild plant native to Egypt but widely distributed in the Mediterranean region, cultivated both for ornamental purposes and for its phytotherapeutic properties.


The plant is characterized by its erect, branched and hairystems, its lanceolate leaves and its yellow-orange flowers collected in flower heads; it is the latter that constitute the drug of  cosmetic phytotherapeutic interest obtained from the plant.


The plant develops its flowers in a cyclic manner: flowering occurs on a monthly basis, and this is where the name “calendula” originates, from the Latin “calendae” which means “calendar” to commemorate the occurrence of flowering on a monthly basis.

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Calendula flowers: its active ingredients?

Calendula flowers are the part of the plant used for the formulation and production of
dietary supplements and 
cosmetics, as it is the part where the active ingredients are most concentrated.



Marigold flowers are completely edible and contain molecules with different biological activities such as:


  • Carotenoids: lutein, zeaxanthin, violaxanthin
  • Essential oils: consisting of more than 45 substances
  • Flavonoids: quercitin, isoramnetin, isoquercitin, narcissin, calendoflavonoside
  • Saponins
  • Triterpenoids
  • Sterols: sitoterol, campesterol, stigmasterol
  • Cumarins:
    scopoletin, umbelliferone, esculetin
  • Quinones:
    plastoquinone, phylloquinone, alpha-tocopherol
  • Pyrogallic tannins.
  • Volatile terpene molecules: (alpha cadinol, faradiol, alpha-pinene, cineol, sabinene, limonene)

Among the many molecules found within calendula, terpenes, carotenoids and flavonoids are those that have greatest biological activity and provide the greatest benefits toward the body.

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Calendula: benefits and properties

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis L.) is a well-known and widely used plant in phytotherapy, mainly for external use, due to its properties anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antivirals, soothing, immunostimulants e healers.



The anti-inflammatory activity is attributable to the triterpenes (inparticular, faradiol and its derivatives) contained in the plant itself.



Healing activity is, on the other hand, exerted by the calendula extract through a mechanism of action that promotes the formation of granulation tissue and encouragesincreased production of collagen and fibrin.



For internal use, on the other hand, it is recommended for the properties
, vasodilator, antispasmodic e sedative on the central nervous system.



It may also prove useful in restoring menstrual flow by decreasing its pain symptoms and reflex discomfort.


The properties of Calendula for the skin.

Marigold is really a panacea for the skin and is indicated in all those situations in which it is necessary to restore the normal physiological conditions of the epidermis.



Flavonoids, in particular, stimulate re-epithelialization, performing the action of a natural accelerant of skin turnover and promote the synthesis of collagen.




It is ideal for dry, cracked and delicate skin. Calendula plays an emollient and protective role by creating a barrier that protects against irritation. Also for dermatitis and eczema Is a widely used natural remedy.



Marigold, in addition:



  • It speeds up natural tissue healing in small wounds and abrasions.
  • Soothes sunburn and protects before and aftersun exposure. Never pack it in your suitcase during summer vacation, even for children’s skin.
  • It is indicated in cases of insect bites (particularly hymenoptera) and herpes.

Calendula Supplement:

Alcohol-free Calendula Mother Tincture, or Calendula Glyceric Macerate, is a natural remedy useful for:


  • Its emollient and soothing action (oropharyngeal mucosa) and tone of voice
  • The contrast of menstrual cycle disorders
  • The functions of the digestive system.
  • Skin trophism and function.

All of these claims are regulated and approved by the Italian Ministry of Health for their physiological effects, aimed at “optimizing the body’s functions within homeostasis.”


Calendula Mother Tincture

Mother tincture (TM) is a liquid preparation, obtained by extracting the fresh drug by
 or maceration with an appropriate solvent.



The solvent most used in mother tinctures is a hydroalcoholic solution (water + alcohol) with a variable alcohol content (most often between 60 ° and 80 °) depending on the solubility of the active ingredients to be extracted.



La Calendula mother tincture is an herbal preparation extracted from the leaves and fruits of the plant, which are macerated in a 1:10 ratio in a solution of water and Alcohol. It is an herbal remedy considered useful for the for its hypotensive, vasodilator and antispasmodic properties.


Calendula Glyceric Macerate: what is it?

In recent years, Mother Tinctures extracted with the Vegetable Glycerin instead of Alcohol, which makes them better in several respects. In addition, since Glycerin is a less potent type of solvent and therefore less extractive than Alcohol, innovative extraction techniques are used, such as the‘Ultrasonic Extraction.

Ultrasonic extraction is an innovative, clean, quick and easy extraction technique that allows to extract the active ingredients from plants and medicinal plants in particular and to make quality phytoextracts , taking advantage of the exclusively mechanical action exerted by the cavitation effect produced by sound waves.


Calendula Mother Tincture is obtained from the hydro-glyceric maceration of the seeds of the Milk Thistle, again at a ratio of 1:10, and is an innovative type of Mother Tincture, which, having been obtained by the ultrasonic process, makes it better from several points of view.


We at Vonderweid, thanks to our 20 years of experience in the field of dietary supplements and after a long process of research and development in our laboratories for the production of
Non-alcoholic Mother Tinctures
, we have managed to obtain a product with the desired characteristics.


Our non-alcoholic mother tinctures are classified as Dietary Supplements and are regularly notified to the Ministry of Health.

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Calendula, how many drops to take?

For the intake of Dandelion Drops, we recommend the use of 40 drops dissolved

In a glass of water, 1-3 times a day. The intake of 40 drops of Vonderweid Dandelion Mother Tincture is equivalent to the intake of. 260  mg of Calendula .

Always remember Not to exceed the recommended daily dose. Keep out of the reach of children under 3 years of age. Dietary supplements should not be understood as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and we always recommend the advice from your doctor or nutritionist before taking.

The advice, therefore, is to always consult your primary care physician before starting to take St. John’s Wort mother tincture, then consult a good herbalist or herbal medicine expert to determine how to take St. John’s Wort tincture and in what amounts.

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Marigold is a safe plant with no toxicity. There are no known side effects or drug interactions of calendula.

For taking Dandelion Drops, we recommend using 40 drops dissolved in a glass of water, 1-3 times a day.

Taking 40 drops of Vonderweid Calendula Mother Tincture is equivalent to taking 260 mg of Dandelion.


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