Is It Safe To Use Calendula During Pregnancy?

Muhammad Usman Babar
2 min readJun 12, 2021


Is It Safe To Use Calendula During Pregnancy?
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Calendula and pot marigold are two plants that have medicinal benefits. Phytochemicals like carotenoids and phenols are also present, in addition to carbohydrates and phenols. In addition to antiseptic and stimulant properties, calendula is also antipyretic and antispasmodic. Calendula is an herb that has a wide range of medicinal uses and is safe during pregnancy.

Are marigolds and calendula the same thing?

The answer is no. There are many differences between calendula and ornamental marigolds found in gardens. There are typically orange-yellow flowers on calendula, which blooms from early spring until frost in Europe, Western Asia, and the US.

In addition to treating wounds, ulcers, skin damage, frostbite, and eye diseases, calendula is also used for dental care. Besides being used as a topical treatment for acne, inflammation, irritated skin tissue, yeast infections, and varicose veins, it is also made as a suspension or tincture.

Calendula during pregnancy: Is it safe?

Calendula consumption during pregnancy has been deemed unsafe by some experts since it interferes with conception and may cause miscarriage.

According to study results, Calendula officinalis flower hydroalcoholic extract had mixed effects on the female Wistar rats. In preimplantation and organogenic development (when an embryo begins to develop its organs), the extract did not appear to be toxic. It has been found to reduce maternal weight during fetal development (when the embryo has developed into a fetus). Despite studies conducted on rats, no studies have been conducted on its safety for pregnant women.

Can Calendula Be Used Topically During Pregnancy?

Calendula is not recommended for use during pregnancy by the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP) since no evidence confirms its safety.

It contains calendula, which is known to be an effective ingredient with no side effects. Moreover, calendula is often added to topical creams and oil blends. It is important to ask your obstetrician about the ingredients and safety of creams and oils you might be using.

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Researchers have found that water infusions of calendula flowers can promote labor by causing uterine contractions.

Calendula has no specific side effects, with the possible exception of being unsafe during pregnancy. Certain medications used before or after surgery may make it drowsy.

If you use any ingredients that are questionable to safe during pregnancy, consult your doctor. Avoiding such ingredients is a good idea until after your delivery if you can.

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Originally published at on June 12, 2021.