WHY YOU SHOULD ADD CALENDULA TO YOUR SKINCARE REGIME
As green skincare enthusiasts, the first thing we do when considering a new product is look at the ingredient list. This is the single most important part of the process of selecting the product that’s right for your skin, and as you do it more and more, you start to see recurring root, herbal or floral ingredients in different products being offered from a variety of lines. If you’re more advanced, you might even know their scientific, botanical names. One ingredient that’s commonly used in non-toxic skincare products is calendula (or calendula officinalis or pot marigold), a little plant with a golden bloom that’s packed with benefits for your skin. Read on to find out why you should consider adding it to your skincare regime!
So why is calendula so widely used in your favorite skincare products? Well it’s been used throughout history in skin treatments for its fast healing properties and its ability to aid in the regeneration of tissue due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Many of its healing properties are a result of its high level of carotenoids. Scientific studies indicate that these properties make calendula ideal in the treatment of burns, wounds, eczema, general trauma to the skin and inflammatory skin conditions. But it’s what it can do for dry, chapped, damaged and aging skin that makes it an essential ingredient in natural skincare products.
Calendula essential oil has restorative properties that can help plump skin and infuse it with that sought after dewy glow. It is also used to protect skin from premature aging and helps combat the natural thinning of the skin.
There are many useful components of calendula including: essential oil, carotenoids, flavonoids, resin, polysaccharides, saponins, glycosides, sterols and aromatic plant acids. Calendula extracts can be found in many forms including infused oil, essential oil, distillate, tincture or tea. The petals, which are used commonly in tea, are also antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and promote a healthy immune system.
Since it’s the easiest way to prepare it at home, let’s take a look at what you can do with calendula tea:
- Apply as a compress for irritated eyes
- Drink the tea to heal stomach ulcers
- Use it as a mouth rinse to relieve mouth sores or blisters
- Gargle it to relieve a sore throat
- Apply calendula tea with natural baby wipes to relieve diaper rash
- Wash your face nightly with calendula tea if prone to mild breakouts
- Strain the tea thoroughly and use as an eye wash for itchy eyes due to dryness or allergies
- Pour in a foot bath to alleviate fungal conditions
- Use as a hair rinse to relieve a dry and itchy scalp
- Apply to small wounds, scratches or inflamed skin with a clean cloth
Now that you know why calendula is so ubiquitous, you’ll appreciate products that contain this golden gem even more—and hopefully consider adding it to your beauty routine!