Calendula, or Calendula officinalis, is one of the most commonly used herbs on the market, and with good reason. The benefits of this little plant have been studied by herbalists, doctors, and scientists for hundreds of years.
Calendula is a annual or sometimes biennial plant, known for it’s large flower heads and is part of the sunflower family.
The oil is obtained by oil extraction or via steam distillation.
Calendula is known to herbalists as the “mother of the skin” due to its skin loving benefits.
Benefits of Calendula for Skin
- Aids in wound healing
- Helps reduce scaring
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces topical pain
- Soothes itchy skin
Can Calendula Help With Eczema?
Calendula has been shown in studies to help treat a number of skin conditions, including eczema.
More than 50% of eczema patients and caregivers report using, or incorporating, alternative medicine to their eczema management daily routines.
Eczema can be a frustrating chronic condition, and usually involves the use of harsh topical steroids due to a lack of targeted and safer options.
Calendula has antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties that can help sooth eczema and reduce breakouts.
Calendula is also very hydrating, which helps with the dryness that typically comes with eczema afflicted skin.
Can Calendula Help With My Acne?
As mentioned before, Calendula is anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce the swelling and inflammation of acne.
But, even more importantly, Calendula kills off Propionibacterium, acne bacteria; this kind of bacteria not only can cause acne, but its also a cause of staph, strep, and impetigo.
That’s right! Calendula is also antiviral.
Since Calendula is also very hydrating, it won’t dry out skin, which can sometimes happen with other acne treatments, leaving skin feeling raw and itchy.
Can Calendula Help With My Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is caused by an over active immune system and is, essentially, an auto-immune disorder, that causes flaking inflammation, thick patches of the skin.
There is no known cure for psoriasis, unfortunately, but Calendula can help!
Along with a balanced diet and lifestyle, herbal remedies like calendula can help keep psoriasis at bay by keeping skin hydrated and lowering inflammation.
Can Calendula Reduce The Signs Of Aging?
Calendula oil can help with wrinkles because it tightens skin and increases hydration.
Studies have also suggested that it helps to improve blood circulation and stimulate the production of collagen in skin.
Calendula is also a rich antioxidant with tocopherols, or vitamin E, and carotenoids, vitamin A, which help rid the skin of free radicals that cause skin to prematurely age and softens skin naturally.
Calendula is also an all-natural skin brightener, which helps reduce the signs of age spots and cars, and reveals more youthful and glowing skin.
Is Calendula Safe For Babies And Small ?
The short answers?
Calendula is safe for youth, babies, and even infants.
Calendula is known for being one of the most gentle herbs and is commonly recommended by dermatologists for people with sensitive skin, or for young children.
Before you jump to making or using products that say “calendula”, it’s smart to know that when using products on infants, you should avoid fragrances and essential oils as a general rule.
That’s why we make infused products at Handcraft Essentials, like our Herbal Diaper Balm.
These kinds of products are not made with any harsh fragrances, dyes, or even essential oils, and instead are only made with infused oils; infused oils are made by placing herbs in oil and slowly heating them, usually with solar, or sun, infusion methods.
Calendula an amazing herb. It truly is the mother of skin and we absolutely love it!
We make a lot of products with Calendula infused oils, Calendula flowers, and Calendula essential oils. It’s a primary and featured ingredient of ours, and we use it proudly in our products.