Last update Aug. 6, 2017


Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

The inflorescences of this plant originating in Europe are used.
It contains polysaccharides, flavonoids, saponins…

Attributed properties which do not have sufficient clinical evidence to support them: healing agent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory (local, dermatological). There is no evidence of its efficacy when taken orally to treat gastrointestinal disorders.

Indications from the Commission E of the German Ministry of Health and the EMA: topical treatment of minor skin inflammations, ulcers and burns.

Since the last update we have not found any published data on its excretion in breast milk.

A plant devoid of toxicity. Oral use during breastfeeding is not advised (EMA 2008, Amir 2011).
The small dose and poor plasma uptake of most topical dermatological preparations make it very unlikely that significant amounts will pass into breast milk.

There is no evidence of its effectiveness in treating nipple cracking or inflammation.

If applied to the breast, do so after breastfeeding and clean before the next feed.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Marigold is also known as

Marigold in other languages or writings:


Marigold belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Marigold in its composition:


  1. Posadzki P, Watson LK, Ernst E. Adverse effects of herbal medicines: an overview of systematic reviews. Clin Med (Lond). 2013 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  2. WHO. World Health Organization. WHO monographs on medicinal plants commonly used in the Newly Independent States (NIS). WHO monographs. 2010 Full text (in our servers)
  3. EMA. Calendula officinalis. Community herbal monographs. 2008 Full text (in our servers)
  4. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume 2. WHO monographs. 2004 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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