Name: Calendula officinalis
Extraction: Extraction from flowers
What is Calendula?
You have probably heard of Calendula by another name, English marigold or pot marigold! The word "Calendula" comes from the Latin word calendae or little calendar. It got the name from its regular blooming on the new moon or the calendar month.
Calendula is a very easy to grow perennial flower, tolerant of many soils. In colder climates, Calendula is treated as an annual.
Calendula Actions and Benefits
Calendula has been used in Ayurveda and Chinese Herbal Medicine for centuries to heal wounds, insect bites, sunburns, infections, and more.
The flowers are also edible and are often used to add color to salads.
Calendula is an impressive plant, known for its ability to speed healing, protect oral health, improve the appearance of the skin, boost vision, lower inflammation, reduce the risk of certain cancers, and eliminate cramps!
A known anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, febriuge, fungicidal, tonic, styptic, and vulnerary (healer).
How does Calendula work?
Applying Calendula oil to cuts, scrapes, and insect bites will accelerate the healing process by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to that area.
Clinical research and practice substantiates that the presence of triterpenoids and other components including flavonoids, saponins, polysaccharides, and micronutrients that contribute to its anti-inflammatory, anti-edematous (reduces swelling), wound healing attributes and antioxidant properties.
How do we use it?
We use Calendula for its antimicrobial and antiviral activity to reduce microorganisms that may delay wound healing. We also use it for its wound healing and antioxidant properties to increasing blood flow to boost healing while neutralizing free radicals.
The result is natural healing of dry and damaged skin, irritations, dermatitis, and other skin problems.
Calendula oil is highly effective, gentle, cooling and soothing which is why you'll find it in our nose and paw healing balm!
Is Calendula safe?
Absolutely! Calendula has been used for centuries for wound healing on dogs, cats, and humans! It is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.