Calendula oil is yet another common herbal remedy used for various skin conditions. It’s known as the plant that is so mild it’s even safe to use on a baby’s bum, but so potent that it has caught the attention of researchers and medical practitioners.
The benefits and uses of calendula oil for the skin have been known for centuries and many of them are still relevant today.
Calendula is a plant that’s used for ornamental, culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal purposes. You can find it in facial creams, oils, gels, mouthwashes, toothpaste, and it’s used in bath or facial steams. You can drink it as a tea, or eat it in a salad.
When it comes to applying calendula oil on the skin, people have used it mostly for wound healing and inflammation, as well as to reduce pain, nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peeling lips, diaper rashes, and other conditions.
So, don’t be surprised if next time when you cut yourself or forget your sunscreen, your friend offers you calendula oil for your skin troubles. Or better yet, read about the benefits and uses of calendula oil for skin, and you’ll be the friend that’s prepared to tackle those annoying skin issues at any time.
Just remember, calendula oil is not a magical herbal remedy and not every use is equally supported by the scientific community and the practitioners. This is exactly why we prepared this article to help you better understand its benefits, and what can you expect from using calendula oil for skin.
Calendula,also known as “Marigold”, is a genus of about 15 to 20 species of plants belonging to the Asteraceae family. Pot marigold, or the Latin name C. Officinalis, is the most commonly cultivated and used species, and in almost all cases it’s the plant calendula oil is made from.
The marigold pot has bright orange flowers, which are used for steam distillations, oil extractions, tinctures or water-based extraction. Still, the most potent form of this herb is obtained through oil extraction, which is why the calendula oil is the most famous and typical ingredient in skincare products and other medical products.
Calendula oil is made by macerating marigold flowers, which results in a sticky, honey-like product.
The flower of Calendula officinalis contains triterpenoid esters, carotenoids, flavoxanthin, and antioxidants. It’s considered to have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being a powerful astringent.
Yes, because calendula oil is considered to be a really safe and still powerful remedy. It’s high in Vitamin A and protects the skin from damaging daily environmental influences.
People with problematic skin that suffer rashes, infections, eczema, rosacea, or frequent acne breakouts can also benefit a lot from including calendula oil in their skincare routine. It’s one of the essential ingredients for repairing and rejuvenating the skin.
In the past, people have commonly used calendula oil to treat: sore throat, menstrual cramps, stomach and duodenal ulcers, measles, smallpox, wound healing, leg ulcers, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, nosebleeds, diaper rash, yeast infections, and conjunctivitis.
Today we know that science supports some of the traditional uses of calendula oil for skin, but a lot more research is needed before we can justify all the uses commonly associated with calendula oil.
According to a 2018 assessment report on calendula oil from The European Medicines Agency, calendula oil is used in medicine and over-the-counter treatments for enlarged or inflamed lymphatic nodes; sebaceous cysts; duodenal ulcer, inflammatory skin lesions (wounds), acute or chronic.
The EU/EEA medicinal products with calendula oil are used as an aid in the healing of superficial wounds, as well as wounds with a poor healing tendency, inflammation in the mouth and throat, and skin lesions such as ulcers, bedsores, abrasions, and broken skin.
Calendula oil is believed to improve the overall appearance of the skin. It can stimulate collagen production which will make your skin more flexible and resilient to mechanical damage. Calendula oil also increases the hydration within the skin, which makes your skin more glowy and fresh. One study published in the Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica Drug Research journal found that creams with calendula oil showed significant improvements in the hydration and firmness of the skin after eight weeks of application.
In 2012, a study published in the Journal Of Young Pharmacists suggested that calendula oil cream can be used to protect the skin from UV radiation and to maintain the natural pigmentation of the skin.
Still, a lot more research-based evidence is needed before we can recommend calendula oil as a sunscreen cream replacement. Instead, use calendula oil and calendula oil creams as an extra layer of protection, in addition to your typical sunscreen, or for healing sunburned skin.
We can say that the most famous use of calendula oil comes from its role in accelerating the wound healing process.
A lot of research has supported these claims by revealing that using aloe vera and calendula ointment considerably increases the speed of the episiotomy wound healing process, and provided evidence that the C. Officinalis extract possesses a potent wound healing activity.
Calendula oil helps increase the blood flow and oxygen to wounds, which helps the body grow new tissue more rapidly.
Unfortunately, research is thin on these two potential benefits, even though a lot of anecdotal evidence suggests that calendula oil can be an effective treatment for the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
A lot of people have reported they experienced relief after using calendula oil for their problematic skin.
However, before you decide to incorporate calendula oil in your skincare routine, don’t forget to consult with your doctor or dermatologist.
Calendula oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties because of the high amount of powerful flavonoids it contains. They are potent antioxidants that protect the cells from oxidative stress caused by free radical damage.
Additionally, the anti-inflammatory linoleic acid is also present in high concentrations in calendula oil.
The acids inside calendula oil have powerful antimicrobial and antiviral effects, especially if fortified with sunflower oil.
All these anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties of calendula oil make it a perfect choice for acne-prone skin.
Soothing rashes, especially diaper rash is another well-known benefit of calendula oil for skin. A study in The Scientific World Journal found that besides aloe vera, calendula oil could serve as a safe and effective treatment for the problem of diaper dermatitis in infants.
You can gently apply calendula oil alone, or mixed with aloe vera a few times a day, covering the affected areas.
Nothing can prevent the normal process of aging, but one can certainly delay the appearance of aging symptoms on the skin. Calendula oil works in two different ways to help you achieve this.
First, it tightens the skin by stimulating collagen production, which also helps fade superficial wrinkles and fine lines. Secondly, it’s filled with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which help reduce varicose veins, stretch marks, discoloration, and other imperfections.
Calendula oil is considered to be safe for all people with all skin types, and there aren’t any major side-effects in general that are known or associated with calendula oil.
But, because of insufficient research-based evidence avoid using calendula oil if:
There’s a concern that taking calendula oil orally might cause a miscarriage. Even though this is not proven, it’s best to stay safe and away from calendula in this period.
People who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family should avoid using calendula oil topically and orally since they might experience an allergic reaction. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others.
Make sure you check with your doctor if you have concerns you might be allergic.
Calendula interacts with medications (sedatives) and might cause too much drowsiness. This is why you should never use calendula oil before, or after surgery. Two weeks is a good time interval between your last calendula oil use and your fist medications for your surgery.
Also, don’t use calendula oil if you're taking any kind of sedatives because it interacts with sedative medications (CNS depressants).
Gardeners consider the calendula to be one of the easiest plants to grow in one’s garden. It can survive in many soils and under almost any weather condition. If you are living in a warmer climate, your calendula will probably bloom every month.
What do you need to do?
Just, pick the flowers at the height of their bloom, and have no worry because the plant will cultivate more flowers in no time.
After this, spread the flowers out on a towel or paper to allow them to fully dry, without washing them. Let them fully dry under direct sunlight before storing them.
Finally, find a good-quality carrier oil suitable for your needs and skin type, and place the fully dried calendula flowers in the carrier oil. Close the container well and store it for about a month or two before using it. This is how much time it usually takes for the calendula flowers to thoroughly infuse into the carrier oil.
If this is too much work for you, you can always simply buy a calendula oil product. There are some amazing calendula oil products that can do their magic on your skin.
Just be careful. There are no 100% pure calendula oil products since the flowers need to be infused in a carrier oil. This is why it’s important to read the label on the product to see from what ingredients is the product made of, so you can find the best fit for your skin type.
There are many ways you can use calendula oil in your daily skincare routine. Here are some examples:
During the day you can use calendula oil as a natural moisturizer. It’s especially beneficial for dry and problematic skin since it hydrates the skin and protects it from external pollutants. Plus, it will keep your skin at least somewhat protected from the damaging sunlight - but make sure you use sunscreen for good measure.
Another way you can use calendula oil is as a makeup foundation. Before you start to apply your makeup, clean your face well and moisturize it with calendula oil. The oil will soften the skin and protect it from makeup residue that can clog the pores.
Calendula oil can work as an amazing overnight cream. Its benefits support the renewal and regeneration process of the skin that happens at night. It can give the skin just the nutrients it needs to heal completely.
If you take calendula oil orally, then you should definitely run that by your doctor first. The dosage depends on your sex, weight, height and other personal characteristics. Make sure you follow the instructions on the product’s package label.
If you use calendula oil topically, you don’t need to worry about these things.
Calendula oil for skin is another great herbal remedy that you can use in many ways.
However, don’t expect it to make some magical changes in your skin but rather look at it as another addition to your daily skincare routine, which contributes to your improved and glowy complexion.
Calendula oil can soothe your inflamed skin, reduce acne, prevent premature skin aging, and most importantly it can help accelerate the wound healing process and protect the skin for the sun.
You can make your own calendula oil or simply buy one.
You can use it as a moisturizer, overnight cream, as a makeup foundation, or a sunscreen cream.
Just remember, don’t use it as a replacement for your traditional sunscreen cream. Use it as an additional protection tool.
It’s a good idea to always have a little bottle of calendula oil with you in case you cut or burn yourself.