Calendula flowers have a huge history behind them. They have been used by many different civilizations for centuries. Romans and Greeks used calendula in many rituals and ceremonies, sometimes wearing crowns or garlands made from the flowers. One of Calendula's nicknames is Mary's Gold, referring to the flowers' use in early Catholic events in some countries. Calendula flowers are still considered to be sacred flowers in India and have been used to decorate the statues of Hindu deities since early times. Apart from this the flower historically know as an antiseptic and healing agent. It inhibits inflammation, promotes formation of granulation tissue in wounds.