Food For Your Face | Calendula
A cheerful addition to any garden bed, calendulas bloom in vibrant yellows and oranges. Both beautiful and edible, calendulas can be used to brighten up a salad, stew in a pot of tea and revitalise your complexion. In Ancient Egyptian, Aztec, and Roman cultures calendula was celebrated for its powerful medicinal properties and is still widely used as a healing salve today. Continue reading to learn more about these petals of sunshine!
5 Food Facts
1. Useful calming common skin conditions, calendula can be used to treat dermatitis, eczema, acne, and cold sores.
2. Calendula flowers promote cell repair. Studies have shown that calendula contains the antioxidant polyphenols, which helps restore cells affected by oxidative stress. The high level of flavonoids (plant-based antioxidants) helps protect the skin against free radical damage.
3. A great natural antiseptic, calendula is great for keeping infections at bay.
4. Calendula contains anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula tea is commonly used by herbalists to heal a range of concerns. Studies show the results of using calendula to treat stomach viruses is comparable to that of antacids.
5. Calendula wash helps kill unhealthy bacteria and its anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritation, making this a great treatment for conjunctivitis and eye inflammations.
5 Fun Facts
1. In Tudor times calendula was used as a food colouring, earning the nickname ‘poor man’s saffron’.
2. American colonists also found use for calendula’s yellow flowers, using it to colour butter and cheese. Some believe this is actually what lead butter to be popularised as a home remedy to treat burns.
3. Despite not being actually related to marigolds, calendula is often referred to as ‘pot marigold’ due to the similar bright yellow flowers.
4. The Latin name for Calendula, ‘calends’ or ‘calendar’, came from its monthly flowering cycle.
5. Hesitating to harvest your calendula flowers? Don’t! The more you pick, the more it flowers.
Face the Facts: Calendula in Skin Care
Calendula’s ability to calm irritation and repair skin tissue has led to its popularity as a skin care ingredient. It is particularly suited for treating sensitive or acne prone skin as calendula helps to soothe and heal. Its active ingredient Oleanolic acid enhances the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant abilities of this sunny flower.
Calendula oil deeply hydrates the skin while still being safe enough to treat areas around the eyes and even baby skin!
Ready to incorporate this restorative flower in your skin care routine? Continue reading to discover our favourite calendula products!
Featured Calendula Products
Explore our skin care range today to find the perfect calendula product for your skin. Every ingredient is organically grown and handpicked from our beautiful organic farm in Hungary to ensure you are using only the best products on your skin.