The calendula flowers contain a variety of compounds which are believed to support wound healing and be beneficial for skin repair and health. Calendula is thought to be anti-inflammatory, constricting blood vessels to stop bleeding. Calendula was used during the American Civil War to draw out infections from wounds and aid healing but is now more widely used as a beauty product. Topical uses of calendula would be for abrasions, acne, stretch marks, burns or as general skin cream. Herbalists believe calendula is very versatile, speeding the healing of wounds and marks, making the skin more supple by increasing blood supply to it, and soothing pain when used topically.