Why Calendula Is Worth Looking At For Your Animal's Natural Health

How Your Pet Can Enjoy Natural Calendula For Health

Bright and colourful, calendula officinalis is a member of the sunflower family. It's found growing in many parts of the world, and is also known as ‘pot marigold’.

So what does calendula share with aspirin?

Aspirin contains the analgesic salicylic acid. This is also found in the leaves and stems of the calendula plant!

But it’s flower of the calendula that’s most often used.

Why use calendula with your animal?


  • Wound healing
  • Skin irritations such as eczema, insect bites or rashes
  • Relieve pain and inflammation


  • Soothe digestive tracts
  • Help lymphatic drainage
  • Aid in liver function
  • Calm

What's The Evidence Of Using Calendula In Animal Health?

Yes there has been veterinary research to see if calendula can help. Including:

Can Calendula Help With Equine Gastric Ulcers?

As calendula contains saponins. It’s thought to help with healing and preventing gastric ulcers. And this research "pHyloGASTRO® in the treatment of Equine Gastric Ulcer Lesions" (University of Perugia, Italy, 2017) shows it as one of the ingredients in this natural supplement.

How Can You Use Calendula With Your Pet?

As a tea - use dried herbs with some boiling water. When it’s “steeped” and is cooler, strain the calendula from the water. Put the clear calendula tea into a spray bottle and use as a spray on your dog’s coat to relieve itching.

With a tincture - add a few drops to water in a spray bottle for the coat.

Use a liquid tincture to put some drops onto your animal’s feed.

How Safe Is Calendula For Your Animal?

It’s safe for many animals EXCEPT internally for pregnant animals or cats. If animals have the chance to roam in a field where calendula grows, many will seek it out - for instance goats and sheep.

Is It Possible To Use Calendula as Veterinary Homeopathy?

Yes! It’s used as a homeopathic remedy for skin conditions, and also to help with dental issues

Where Can You Buy Calendula For Your Horse, Dog Or Other Animal?

Many skin products or health supplements contain some calendula. But for best results of it, buy either the straight herb or tincture. Or a product where it is one of the main ingredients. For instance specialist pet health companies like Dorwest Herbs or Hilton Herbs both supply calendula. With it as a main (or sole) ingredient.

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Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

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Suzanne Harris is an equestrian and canine entrepreneurial coach and consultant to veterinarians who want to help prevent animals being affected by domestic abuse.