The calendula flowers contain a variety of compounds which are believed to support wound healing. Calendula is thought to be anti-inflammatory, constricting blood vessels to stop bleeding and is also said to be anti-bacterial. Calendula was used during the American Civil War on wounds to draw out infections. Topical uses of calendula cream would be for cuts, scratches, grazes, acne, stretch marks, burns etc. Avena calendula cream is the ‘magic’ cream any parent should always have handy for grazed knees etc. but is great for adults too, just don’t tell the kids! Herbalists believe calendula is very versatile, speeding the healing of wounds, making the skin more supple by increasing blood supply to it, and soothing pain when used as a rub on cream such as this. Calendula has also been traditionally used to support a healthy digestive process. And Lutein, an antioxidant in marigold extract, is known to support the health of the eyes. Calendula is also known as: Pot Marigold, Calendula officinalis.