(Calendula Officinalis, Marigold)
Calendula is extracted from the plant of Carum carvi, which is more commonly know as the Marigold. Although its country of origin is Germany, it is now cultivated in many other areas.
Calendula has extraordinary anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It is suitable to help in the treatment of a number of ailments including eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Due to the high content of carotenes, phytosterols and polyphenols, calendula delays premature aging of the skin tissue by preventing it from over-drying, inhibiting the formation of sun-caused wrinkles.
Calendula oil is used for chapped skin and lips, scrapes, gashes, insect stings and bites, bed and pressure sores. It has antibacterial properties, is a good antiseptic, and contains tanni, which helps to knot together wounds and speed up healing. It is safe to be applied in the area around eyes. Calendula oil is also beneficial for cracked nipples from breast-feeding.