Pronounced kuh-len-juh-luh, this mighty flower has a long history of use as a healing and soothing ingredient.
In fact, it's sometimes referred to as "mother of the skin" and it's easy to see why.
The traditional and scientific name for marigolds, calendula has been used by ancient cultures as a natural healing agent. It's native to southwest Asia, the Mediterranean and western Europe, only blooming at certain hours of the day on a strict schedule.
If you're wondering, what are the benefits of calendula? Then you're in the correct place. While it can be taken internally as a tea, it's usually applied topically in cream or oil form! You still reap the major benefits of calendula, whether you choose to use it in skincare products, or drink calendula tea.
Calendula Skin Benefits
Calendula is one of the most effective plant-based antioxidants to protect our skin against oxidative damage from UV radiation and daily environmental stressors. It's a potent antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent that is perfect for treating skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, acne, diaper rash, and skin dryness. Along with moisturising and soothing dry and irritated skin, calendula oil also speeds up the healing process.
What else does calendula do? It's a skincare superstar that heals burns, scars, and insect bites. It's often used to reduce swelling and bruising with anti-fungal properties that make it a great treatment for things like ringworm, athlete's foot, and viral infections.
As it's a gentle, soothing, all-natural and toxic-free ingredient, calendula is perfect for sensitive and sensitised skin – especially baby skin!
Weleda Calendula Face Cream
With a whopping 4.9 stars, the Weleda Calendula Face Cream has great reviews for a reason. Formulated with organic calendula and almond oil, it gently protects and moisturises delicate skin. It's a rich face-cream that's easy to use, quickly absorbed, helps prevent moisture loss, reduces and calms irritation, and is dermatologically tested. Phew, we almost ran out of breath.
Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream
The Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream is a winner of many awards, including our 2021 Wellness Award Judge's Choice Winner for Best Mum & Baby Product. This nappy cream is gentle and nourishing, while helping to sooth soreness and reduce redness. With no nasties, it's perfect for your little one (and the perfect gift for a mum-to-be!)
Life Basics SPF30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen
We love the Life Basics SPF30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen because it gives you important SPF protection, and also includes calendula extract for its anti-inflammatory properties. It's untinted and designed for use on its own or under makeup, making it an easy way to sneak calendula into your daily routine.
KORA Organics Turmeric Glow Moisturiser
The winner of our 2021 Wellness Award People's Choice for Most Innovative Product, the KORA Organics Turmeric Glow Moisturiser is a nourishing and ultra-hydrating vegan moisturiser. With calendula flower extract, rosehip oil, and organic turmeric extract, it targets appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark sports, dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles!
Kiwiherb Organic Calendula Healing Balm
The Kiwiherb Organic Calendula Healing Balm is an ointment that can be used to soothe minor cuts, abrasions, wounds, burns, and scalds. It contains organically grown calendula dry flower extract to support damaged and stressed skin. It's suitable for everyday use on baby skin! Take it on camping trips, or keep it as a first aid staple.
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This advice is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Wear sunscreen, protective clothing, hats and sunglasses when exposed to the sun, and stay in the shade where possible. Always read the label and use only as directed.