Choose Calendula for Skin Health | achs.edu

    Written by: Kimberly Konkol /
    Jan 23, 2020 11:00:00 AM

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    Calendula officinalis (L.) has become one of my favorite flowers; as it has a beautiful golden flower, is easy to grow, and is great for the skin. The petals of calendula contain constituents that have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial potential; helping the skin in a variety of ways. Research has shown calendula's powerful benefits to the skin. Calendula provides support to: [1] [2] 

    • Soothe and soften the skin

    • Prevent rashes

    • Regenerate the skin by assisting cell rejuvenation

    • Reduce inflammation

    • Speed healing burns, bruises and cuts

    • Prevent dry skin and wrinkles

    • Reduce the appearance of scars

    • Soothe mouth sores

    • Prevent and repair photo-damage

    Capturing the healing properties in Calendula

    The healing properties of calendula can be extracted by creating an oil infusion. An oil infusion is great to use on the skin and mucous membranes, as the medicinal properties it contains are held on the skin longer, prolonging its healing action.

    A variety of different oils can be used for an infusion, each providing their own unique properties. Sunflower seed oil is easy to find, is affordable, while providing many therapeutic benefits to the skin. Sunflower seed oil helps to: [3]

    • Prevent skin dryness and wrinkles
    • Reduce inflammation

    • Promote wound healing

    • Nourish dry and damaged skin

    • Protect the skin against photo-damage and photo-aging

    • Soften and soothe the skin

    • Repair and maintain skin barrier function

    Making Calendula infused oil

    The amount of oil and calendula petals used for the infusion depends on how much you want to make. It is better to make less and have it stay fresh; you can always make more. Place the calendula petals in a jar and add enough oil to cover the petals. More oil may be needed as the petals soak up the oil. Infuse for two to three weeks, stirring or shaking daily. If you desire a stronger infusion, a double infusion can be done. To create a double infusion, strain out the petals and add new dried petals to the oil; infuse for another two to three weeks. Use cheesecloth or some other fine weave cloth to strain the oil.

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    Calendula-infused oil can be used directly or to create an ointment or cream. It is wonderful for dry chapped lips and skin in the winter, while also helping protect against photo-damage and photo-aging with days spent in the summer sunshine. It is also helpful for those unexpected insect bites, stings and scrapes.

    Fresh calendula petals can also be used directly applied to a scrape or bump. The petals will help to stop mild bleeding, reduce swelling, and promote healing. Place a few petals on a cut, scrape, or sting and hold in place with a bandage. Replace with fresh petals every few hours. Tincture of calendula can also be used to support wound healing. [2]

    Calendula Safety

    Although calendula has been shown to be very safe, those who are pregnant are advised not to use calendula orally or topically. Calendula can also cause allergies with some people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae family, such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies.

    Although Calendula can be effective at healing skin tissue and preventing infection, it should not be used on wounds where infection is present or on wounds that are deep. Calendula can heal the top layer of the skin quickly, trapping in the infection.

    References
    [1]
    Mishra, A. K., Mishra, A., & Chattapadhyay, P. (2010). Calendula officinalis: An important herb with valuable therapeutic dimensions - An overview. Journal of Global Pharma Technology, 2(10). doi: 10.1234/jgpt.v2i10.288

    [2] Verman, P. K., Raina, R., Agarwal, S., & Kour, H. (2018). Phytochemical ingredients and pharmacological potential of calendula officinalis linn. Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Research, 4(2), 1-17. doi: 10.18502/pbr.v4i2.214

    [3  Stoia, M., & Oancea, S. (2015). Selected evidence-based health benefits of topically applied sunflower oil. Applied Science Reports, 10(1), 45-49. doi: 10.15192/PSCP.ASR.2015.10.1.4549 

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    This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.   

    Authored by Kimberly Konkol

    Kimberly Konkol graduated with honors from ACHS in 2015 with Certificates in Wellness Consulting and Holistic Nutrition Consulting. Currently, Kim owns and operates a dried flower farm and design business, Everlasting Love of Flowers, where she designs dried flower displays as well as focuses on the medicinal and nutritive properties of flowers. She created the blog LOVE OF FLOWERS, to share wellness information in a positive and uplifting way that she hopes will inspire others.

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