Every time you pass by a garden, among a variety of colorful flowers, one of the most common flowers you’ll find in the bunch is marigolds. Marigolds are not only pretty to look at, but they also have many health benefits, most specifically for skin treatments. For centuries, calendula oil extracted from marigold has been used by the Greeks and Egyptians for cooking and to “rejuvenate their skin.”
Today, marigold oil or calendula oil, extracted from a specific type of marigold species known as the Calendula Officinalis. And it has been used to make many beauty, medicinal, and skin care products, tinctures, and ointment. It even has traditional and ceremonial uses in certain cultures. Not only do these flowers make your gardens look colorful and cheery, but they also attract useful insects like ladybugs and hoverflies and repel worms that may be otherwise harmful to the plants and flowers in your garden. Marigolds are simply one of those interesting healing herbs. Let’s dig in and find out more about the ways how to use it & how beneficial it is.
Heals Skin Wounds, Burns and Rashes
The magical properties of healing in marigold is present in its petals. They contain volatile oils and antioxidants that help with healing wounds, burns, and rashes. Calendula oil promotes the growth of epithelial cells in tissues and your skin, and they are also known to boost collagen production in the skin. With increased cell and collagen production, calendula oil reduces redness, itchiness, dryness, swelling, and it helps moisturize, hydrate, and strengthen skin. Many a time, calendula oil has been used to help the skin heal and grow, post-surgeries that requires incision of the skin. They’re great for diaper rashes. And for individuals who have cancer and are undergoing radiation, they’re skin is more prone to being brittle, itchy, red, and dry. The use of calendula oil can reduce dermatitis (rashes) and can reduce pain caused by radiation.
Have itchy, rash-prone, and dry skin? Want to include calendula oil into your skincare routine? Add a few drops (around 2 to 3 drops) and mix it with shea butter or coconut oil before applying it to your skin. Remember to keep the ratio of calendula oil and shea butter or coconut oil 1:9.
Calendula Oil is comparatively safer to use in both adults and kids; however, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re sensitive to flowers from the Asteraceae family, or someone who’s allergic to daisies, ragwort, and chrysanthemums, then be cautious or, talk to a health care provider before using it. Calendula oil is also not safe for use in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Like always, with every one of the essential oils or other natural products we talk about in our blog, always try a skin patch test 24 hours before actually using the oil. Rub and massage in a drop or two of calendula oil into a small patch of skin on your arm or leg, 24 hours before incorporating it into your skincare routine.
Soothes An Upset Stomach
Soothe an upset stomach or even menstrual cramps by drinking some marigold tea. You can use marigold by boiling a cup of water and adding in 1 tablespoon of dried marigold petals. Or you could massage a few drops of calendula oil onto your abdomen to relieve those menstrual cramps. Marigold is one of those interesting healing herbs that can help relieve and soothe symptoms caused by heartburn, GERD, colitis, acid reflux, and ulcers. One of the ways calendula oil and marigold tea helps reduce cramping is by increasing blood flow in the area of application and reducing inflammation. The dried marigold petals help increase digestive activity and improve your liver’s health as well.
Natural Bug Repellant
Want to keep those pesky mosquitoes away and avoid mosquito bites? Marigolds, as flowers, make for excellent bug repellants when planted in your garden. However, did you know that they’re being used in many bug repellant lotions, bug sprays, and even candles? Its pungent smell, volatile oils, and antioxidant properties are amazingly beneficial when it comes to getting rid of bugs, mosquitoes, and even certain worms when planted in your garden. You’ll see these flowers most commonly being planted in vegetable gardens as they’re readily available, protects your soil, and the crops from pests and bugs.
Has Anti-inflammatory & Antiseptic Properties
Calendula oil has dozens of active ingredients that protect cells from damage and aging caused by free radicals. According to a few studies, calendula oil may is being used as an effective anti-wrinkle treatment. They are known to protect delicate tissues in your gut, eye, skin, and genitals from infections caused by bacterias and viruses. As mentioned above, they’re also used to reduce and treat the symptoms that arise from anti-cancer and chemotherapeutic treatments. Calendula oil is also known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties and is used to treat the symptoms of jock itch and vaginitis. It can help reduce inflammation, redness, itchiness, the feeling of pain, and intense burning during urination. It also helps increase blood flow in the area, reduces inflammation, and promotes the action of good bacteria (lactobacillus sporogenes and lactic acid) in the affected area. Calendula oil has also been used as a well-known treatment for ear infections and pain caused by bacteria.
Treatment of Eye Infections & Conjunctivitis
According to studies, as with “every-other-inflammation,” calendula oil is highly effective when it comes to inflammation of the eye or conjunctivitis that may be caused by eye infections. Due to the immune-strengthening, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties present in the active ingredients of calendula oil, it guards and can help reduce inflammation in the soft tissues of the eye. It also helps reduce the damage that may be caused by UV rays, or aging.
Reduces Cramps & Spasms
Want help reducing those muscular spasms or menstrual cramps? Try using calendula oil. The amazing healing properties of calendula oil are incredibly beneficial when it comes to muscle spasms and cramps. It increases blood flow in the muscle and the area, reducing cramps and spasms. The best way to use it to reduce these cramps is by massaging calendula oil mixed with grapeseed oil (remember, at the ratio of 1:9), or you could always go for calendula/marigold tea, which’ll help soothe away those nasty cramps and spasms.
Marigolds are one of those natural, amazing, and effective healing herbs. What more excuse do you need to add Calendula oil in your medicine cabinet and marigolds in your garden? They don’t only look good or smell good, but they also help treat a myriad of inflammation conditions, and they help strengthen your immune system. Although, remember to take precautions when using it, especially if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or are allergic to plants from the Asteraceae family.