Calendula is indigenous to Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, where its medicinal value has been respected since ancient times. Calendula was popular in Ancient Greece as well as in earlier Indian and Arabic cultures.
Calendula is generally used in the treatment of inflammatory skin disorders or inflammation of the mucosa and as an aid to wound healing. It is used both internally and topically for a variety of indications, including wounds and burns, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, eczema, acne, cracked nipples from nursing, nappy rash, radiation therapy, and gastrointestinal inflammation and ulceration.
Calendula is also indicated for pharyngitis and tonsillitis due to its antiinflammatory and antimicrobial properties.