Calendula is one of the most consistently powerful skincare ingredients. This flower has been used for thousands of years and today it remains one of the best multi-faceted ingredients in skincare.
Today we dive more into what Calendula is and the benefits for your skin.
What is Calendula?
Calendula is a marigold flower native to Southern and Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and Southwestern Asia. It was named by the Ancient Romans because "calends" or "kalends" means the first day of every month, and they noticed it was in bloom the first day of every month.
The beautiful bright orange and yellow flower petals are packed with carotenoids, flavonoids, terpenoids, and more (Fancy words for powerful nutrients and food for your skin!)
Calendula is used in skincare and medicine, and typically comes in two forms: oil and powder. When used in skincare, the oil form is most common.
To use in skincare the oil in the calendula flower petals is extracted and combined with a carrier oil (like olive oil) for application.
The extracted oil contains all of the natural compounds mentioned above.
Together, these incredible nutrients provide multi-faceted benefits - all from one flower. Incredible!
Calms and soothes inflammation: The terpenoids in calendula give it amazing anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, 99% of people who try calendula experience decreased inflammation! This results in the calming and soothing of irritations and skin issues such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and more.
Heals damaged skin: Have damaged skin or wounds? Flavonoids in calendula help increase the rate of healing.
Hydrates dry skin: Fatty acids in calendula help moisturize skin. In addition, Calendula locks in moisture, resulting in a longer-term hydration.
Regenerates cells: Carotenoids help stimulate cell generation. This helps repair damaged skin from the sun, wounds, skin irritation, and more.
Protects skin: Calendula's can help protect your skin against fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
Calendula can also be used outside of skincare. Research has shown it helps treat wounds, fight stomach ulcers, soothe digestive issues, fight cancer, and more.
It is commonly found in teas. Calendula tea can be a great way to calm down in your evening routine.
When it comes to skincare, we recommend using calendula products from trusted sources. The best way to trust a source is if they are 3rd-party certified organic. This ensures they are using natural and organic ingredients and processes that give your clean, pure calendula.