Calendula ( also known as marigold ) belongs to the marigold family. The plant grows in the sunny, temperate and southern regions of Europe, North Africa and Asia.
In Bulgaria, the marigold grows almost everywhere, reaching between 30-60 cm in height. Its beautiful flowers are used for numerous medicinal and decorative purposes.
Calendula has been used as a medicinal ingredient for centuries.
The use of calendula
Today, with its rich healing properties, calendula is widely used in Bulgarian folk medicine.
Calendula oil is extracted from flowers and mixed with a carrier oil (almond, coconut and olive are the best).
This oil can be used both by itself and in the preparation of ointments and creams.
The color itself can be processed and used in tinctures, capsules, teas, hair products and more.
The beneficial properties of calendula for the skin:
Calendula ointment can be an alternative remedy for the treatment of various skin diseases such as:
Healing of wounds, burns and scars
Calendula ointment can help wounds heal faster. Research shows that the combination of calendula and aloe vera accelerates the recovery process.
Soothing effect after sunburn
Applying calendula oil can relieve pain and inflammation after sun exposure.
Apply to dry and chapped lips
The ointment is successfully used as a natural lip balm that hydrates and nourishes the lips.
Soothing effect on skin inflammations and irritations
Calendula oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can help relieve skin inflammation and irritation.
Baby dermatitis or diaper rash
Calendula oil can also relieve childhood dermatitis. The combination between aloe vera and calendula is also suitable for small children, because of the beneficial properties that both ingredients possess.
To relieve children's dermatitis, the ointment can be applied several times a day to the affected area.
Ointment for clean skin*
Helping skin elasticity
The beneficial properties contained in calendula hydrate the skin. You can apply the ointment to your skin twice a day. The cream and other cosmetic products made with calendula can soothe the skin tissues, and erase the appearance of acne.
In addition, the cream can control sebum production by clearing clogged pores of dust, dirt and excess secretions.
Fights the appearance of acne
This oil can help treat acne by reducing inflammation and helping to balance oil in the skin.
Helping skin elasticity
It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which supports the elasticity and firmness of the skin.
*To see if you have a side reaction from the calendula ointment, do an intolerance test. Apply a small amount of the ointment to a small area of skin, such as the inside of the wrist. Wait between 1 to 2 days.
If you notice or feel irritation where you applied the ointment, stop using it.
In addition to the beneficial properties on the skin, calendula also has a beneficial effect on the hair.
The beneficial properties of calendula for hair:
Calendula extracts can support hair health by strengthening the roots and increasing hair elasticity and health.
Helps combat dry scalp skin
Calendula-based oils and creams can help with scalp damage and dryness by maintaining optimal hydration.
Relieves itching and irritation
Calendula products can help relieve itching and scalp irritation.
Calendula can help regulate sebum on the scalp and thereby reduce the risk of dandruff.
Keeping in mind the information we have shared in this article, we hope you are aware of the importance of calendula and its properties.
It is important not to underestimate the possibility of side effects with improper use.
Therefore, we strongly recommend that you consult a doctor before starting to use any herbs.
Remember that even the most useful herb can turn out to be harmful to you, especially if you are in risk groups such as pregnant, nursing mothers or take medications that can interact with calendula.