13 May Calendula: properties, benefits, and usage
Calendula is a plant used for centuries as a medicinal herb, so probably you may have heard about it or even cultivated it at home.
If you want to discover its properties, benefits, and uses, read this article. Surely the calendula will surprise you!
What is calendula?
The calendula is a plant native to southern Europe, of the Asteraceae family, which grows in the shape of a shrub and reaches 50-70 cm. This plant has beautiful and colorful flowers in yellow and orange tones, also known as marigold. Those flowers close at night and reopen at dawn.
Scientifically, calendula is known under the name of Calendula officinalis. A name that comes from Latin (calendulae) which means “calendar, throughout the months”, to emphasize that marigolds bloom throughout the year and especially between June and October. The term officinalis highlights the medicinal use of the plant, properties that were already known in ancient Greece, Rome, and Arabia to make ointments and home remedies.
Calendula has anti-inflammatory, healing properties and acts as a cell regenerator. It is a plant with ideal properties for skin care and to treat wounds, eczema, burns or insect bites. It also has antibacterial properties that prevent infections.
Properties of calendula
The medicinal properties of the calendula are due to the active ingredients that make up this plant. Its active components include mucilages, organic acids (salicylic acid), flavonoids, saponosides, carotenoids, bitter principles, and very valuable antioxidants.
For example, calendula essential oil includes different molecules (menthone, carvone, caryophyllene, etc.) that are responsible for the antiseptic action. Carotenes promote tissue regeneration and healing. In addition, bitter principles help the digestive system and stomach processes. Hence, calendula has multiple medicinal actions and is effective at a therapeutic level.
Calendula also contains carotenoids, calendulin and other xanthophyll pigments that give that characteristic orange and yellowish color.
Benefits of calendula
All calendula properties have a direct effect on the human body. This plant brings benefits such as its antiseptic, antibacterial, cell regenerating and healing effects. All the benefits of calendula can be found below:
Antiseptic, antibacterial and cellular regenerator
Relieve skin diseases
Calendula is a potent antiseptic that helps to treat and relieve different skin diseases. Calendula has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat acne and dermatitis, or in the case of babies the diaper rash. It can also be considered as a natural and supportive treatment in cases of psoriasis to reduce some of its symptoms.
The calendula helps in episodes of dehydration of the dermis, for example, in skins punished by the sun or to hydrate the lips. It is also effective fighting infections caused by fungus, candidiasis and viral warts.
In short, calendula is a powerful weapon to regenerate skin cells and activate the production of collagen. It is ideal to have the skin hydrated, soft, and full of elasticity.
Calendula helps during the healing process of the skin and wounds. Its antibacterial properties prevent infections that may appear in superficial wounds, mild bleeding, blisters or skin ulcers. The information detailed by the Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology in 2009.
It is also beneficial to treat oral wounds, such as sores or inflammation of the tongue (glossitis) and gums (gingivitis).
Calendula helps fight skin burns due to its properties to reduce inflammation and redness, soothe pain and help regenerate the skin.
This plant, the calendula, also acts as an anti-inflammatory, as published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology in 2009. For example, it can relieve the pain of bunions caused by inflammation of the synovial pouch or rheumatic pains. Due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, it helps in case of bruises and bruises.
It also helps to calm insect bites due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties, or even to soothe throat irritations.
The calendula is a plant rich in flavonoids that help improve the circulatory system and regulates the menstrual cycles of women. It is a remedy against menstrual pain due to its antispasmodic power and also helps regulate the production of estrogen.
Calendula helps to calm indigestion and gastritis. Moreover, it is recommended for stomach ulcers due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula is also considered a natural remedy to prevent nausea and vomiting.
Calendula helps eliminate toxins accumulated in the body. This detoxification benefits the whole body, especially the digestive and lymphatic system. It also favors the proper functioning of the liver.
In short, calendula provides a multitude of benefits on the human body, helping the regeneration of damaged, sensitive skin with allergic tendencies. In addition to having regenerative, healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The most important benefits of calendula are:
- Antiseptic, antibacterial and cell regenerator
- Improves circulation
- Improves digestion
Uses of calendula
Usually, when you see a flower, especially the marigold, you think about its decorative use. But calendula has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant. It is a plant that has many uses and can be consumed both internally and externally.
Nowadays, calendula is used mainly for the treatment of the skin and the elaboration of creams, oils, soaps and cosmetics, due to its properties as cell regenerator and anti-inflammatory. But the calendula or marigold can also be used to provide a golden hue to light hair or to dye fabrics yellow. As a curiosity, the Vikings already used the calendula to dye their hair.
At a medical level, due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, calendula is used as a topical solution in products that treat minor wounds, eczema, burns or insect bites. Calendula can be eaten, and for example, it is used to make infusions. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, these infusions help fight gastritis or ulcers, in addition to stabilizing the menstrual cycle.
You can also use the petals of the flowers to season many foods, in a way similar to saffron. Calendula can be added to salads, although at its best it can have a sweet flavor, it is very likely to be bitter.
Due to the benefits it can bring to the skin, KLAU Beauty has three products made with calendula:
The marigold used in KLAU products comes from organic crops. Since a key element to obtain a good product is the quality of the raw materials.
In order to preserve all the properties of calendula during the elaboration of KLAU cosmetics, the first thing done is to marinate the calendula flowers in caprylic oil. After a long process, you get a caprylic oil that has all the properties of the calendula. The caprylic oil produced has the ideal properties to care for the skin and reduce inflammation.
Discover all that the calendula can offer to your skin with the products of the KLAU Beauty New Zealand edition. And remember, wake up your natural beauty!