Calendula flower (Calendulae flos)

Published March 13, 1986.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Calendulae flos, calendula flower.

Composition of Drug

Calendula flower consists of the dried flower heads or the dried ligulate flowers (ray florets) of Calendula officinalis L. [Fam. Asteraceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains triterpene glycosides and aglycones, as well as carotenoids and essential oils.


Internal and topical use:

Inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa. External:

Poorly healing wounds. Ulcus cruris. Contraindications None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

1 - 2 g per cup of water (150 ml) or 1 - 2 teaspoons (2 - 4 ml) tincture per ¬ľ - ¬Ĺ l water, or prepared in ointments equivalent to 2 - 5 g crude drug in 100 g ointment. Mode of Administration Powdered herb for infusions and other galenical preparations for local application.


Promotes wound healing.
Antiinflammatory and granulatory action in topical application have been described.