Calendula (Calendula officianalis), commonly known as marigold, has been used throughout history in skin preparations. Calendula is beneficial for dry, irritated or damaged skin and also promotes the fast healing and regeneration of the skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Calendula’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties are often sunburns, rashes, insect bites and other mild skin irritations. Calendula treatments can help soothe contact dermatitis from environmental causes. According to WoundsResearch.com, clinical data supports the properties of calendula in topical applications of 2 to 10 percent. Calendula’s effect on inflammation and tissue regeneration makes it an effective natural wound healer. It can affect blood flow to the skin cells, provide antioxidant protection that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and ages spots, and even the visibility of scars.
Calendula oil is often used for dry or damaged skin. It has natural restorative properties that infuse the skin with a youthful glow. Calendula oil is also used to protect the skin from premature aging and thinning of the skin. Calendula is safe enough to be used on the delicate skin under the eyes to help prevent crow’s feet. Creams containing calendula are also used to treat diaper rash.
There are also certain antibacterial properties of calendula that have made it very popular in recent years. You will often find it on the ingredients list of various herbal health and hygiene products, including toothpastes, mouthwashes, soaps, and shampoos. In terms of oral health, toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain calendula are very effective in killing bacteria that cause everything from gingivitis to cavities.
Calendula extract has been a popular and reliable topical healer for troubled skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other inflammatory skin conditions. Calendula oil’s antifungal action is also great for helping treat athlete’s foot, ringworm and jock itch.