What is Calendula & Health Benefits for Skin Conditions
Guarding the muscles, bones and internal organs, skin is the largest organ of the body, and life can take a toll on this outer covering every day—shaving; exposure to sun, wind and cold weather; minor burns; cuts and scrapes; rashes and insect bites, etc. One of the most versatile, frequently needed and economical finds in a natural products store to help relieve these skin irritations is Calendula.
Calendula is made from its namesake: the Garden marigold (Calendula officinalis). A native to Southern Europe and cultivated widely throughout North America, it offers more than its good looks. This flower has healing power. With its bright yellow-orange blossoms, the Garden marigold has been applied locally for centuries as a natural healing and soothing substance. Today, it is known that Calendula’s wound-healing properties are due to the presence of essential oils, saponins, flavonoids and alkaloids. These compounds have been shown to promote healing.
Homeopathic preparations of the flower have been used for generations to speed the healing process. One of the most popular homeopathic medicines worldwide, this medicine cabinet staple should be stocked everywhere, including in first aid kits, travel toiletry bags, the kitchen, the nursery, and cosmetic surgeon offices.