Calendula flower petals contain helianol, a component of triterpene alcohols that can have a potent anti-inflammatory effect when applied to the skin.
True Calendula extract is usually obtained from the plant's individual flower petals.
The presence of saponins, resins and essential oil in the flowers have a mildly antiseptic, healing and soothing effect, which is found particularly useful for chapped, inflamed, dry or damaged skin.
Carotenoids, which are an antioxidant, give Calendula flowers their vivid yellow and orange colorations and yield an extract that may possess age protective qualities.
A Short History of Calendula
A favorite among herbalists, and perhaps the best known and most popular healing flower among laypersons, Calendula was once the herb of choice for curing the plague.
This pretty and prolific flowering plant is one of our personal favorites here in the Alchemilla herb garden - in fact, the flower is so bright and uplifting that there was a time many centuries ago when patients suffering depression were instructed to merely gaze upon the Calendula flower's cheerful orange blossoms as the remedy!
Calendula officinalis (not to be confused with the Tagetes species of Marigold) has been used as a dye for fabrics and cosmetics and is sometimes known as 'Poor Man's Saffron due to its use as an alternative to true saffron for coloring rice.
Calendula officinalis Skin Care Benefits
Anti-inflammatory, Anti-irritant, Astringent, Antiseptic, Promotes Wound Healing
Alchemilla Products Containing this Herb:
- Calming Cleansing Milk
- Elderberry Clarifying Facial Toner
Deep Clean Purifying Masque
- Exfoliating Face Wash Cream
- Eye Contour Cream
- Healing Lip Balm
- Purifying Cleansing Gel
- Rehydrating Day Care Lotion
- Rehydrating Day Care Cream
- Calendula Salve
- Calendula Oil