Calendula or ‘pot marigold’ is a cheery addition to any garden, boasting vibrant golden yellow and orange blooms. Being both beautiful and edible, Calendula is perfect to brighten up any salad as well as your skin! Celebrated by ancient Egyptian, Aztec and Roman cultures for its powerful medicinal properties, Calendula is still widely used as a healing salve. Read on to see why your skin loves these petals of sunshine!
5 Food Facts: Calendula
- Calendula promotes healing and reduces healing time. Calendula is useful in treating dermatitis and calms common skin conditions such as eczema, acne and cold sores. It has gentle and soothing properties, making it a favourite for using on babies and treating nappy rash.
- Calendula flowers can promote cell repair. Studies have shown that Calendula contains the antioxidant, polyphenols, which can restore any cells affected by oxidative stress. The high levels of flavonoids (plant based anti-oxidants) can also protect your cells from free radical damage.
- Calendula has anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula tea is commonly used by herbalists to heal a range of complaints including stomach viruses with studies showing comparable results to antacids.
- Calendula is an antiseptic, a great natural remedy for keeping infections at bay.
- Calendula can treat conjunctivitis and eye inflammations. Calendula washes help kill unhealthy bacteria and the anti-inflammatory properties soothe any irritation around the eyes.
5 Fun Facts: Calendula
- Calendula earned its Latin name ‘calends’ or ‘calendar’ because of its monthly flowering cycle.
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is called "pot marigold" because of their similar bright yellow flower petals. Notably, Calendula is not botanically related to marigolds and most are not edible varities.
- In Tudor times, Calendula was used as a natural food colouring, known as ‘a poor man's saffron’.
- American colonists even used Calendula to colour their butter and cheese; some believe this is what lead to butter once being a popular home remedy for treating burns.
- Don’t hesitate to harvest your sunny garden beds, with the Calendula the more you pick, the more it flowers!
Face the Facts: Calendula
Calendula can quickly calm irritated skin and repair skin tissue, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products. It is especially suited for treating sensitive skin or conditions such as acne– soothing and healing damaged skin. Contributing to its restorative properties is the active ingredient Oleanolic acid which enhances Calendula’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant abilities.
Calendula oil is ideal for deeply hydrating your skin while being safe enough to treat areas around the eye and even infant skin conditions. At Eminence Organics, Calendula is a favourite skin soother in many of our skin care products, with our most-loved products listed below:
Calendula Oil 30ml
Loaded with antioxidants, Calendula oil nourishes your skin with penetrating moisture while reducing the visible signs of aging. Even adding a few drops to your regular daily moisturiser can give your skin a hydration kick!
Linden Calendula Treatment Cream 60ml
The deeply hydrating ingredients of fresh linden and calendula protect and maintain the elasticity and youthfulness of your skin.
Need some more hydrating skincare and body products as your skin battles against the last of the winter winds? Check out our 5 Steps to Gorgeous Winter Skin for some great tips!
Enjoy any of our Eminence skin care range, knowing all ingredients are natural, handmade and do not contain artificial colours, fragrances or genetically modified ingredients. We are proudly paraben, sulphate, mineral oil and petroleum free - making Eminence Organics safe for you and your entire family!
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