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Ingredient Truths: Healing Properties of Calendula Oil

by kelly / December, 13 2017 01:30

Photo of a calendula flower also known as pot marigold with a butterfly

We’re passionate about the earth and our environment – it provides us with so much and in return asks for so little. For us, it’s where so many great skin care ingredients come from. This week I’m talking about calendula oil – an oil extracted from the calendula plant or also known as the pot marigold. It’s known for amazing anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Medicinal Use

The Greeks, Romans, Indians and Arabs have used calendula oil or calendula officinalis (its official scientific name) medicinally since the 12th century.

These ancient cultures, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, used calendula to treat upset stomachs, ulcers, muscle spasms, fevers and even menstrual cramps.

Packed with Anti-Inflammatory & Antioxidant Properties

Full of good stuff, the flower continues to be used today.

According to Truth In Aging, calendula has high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that promote skin healing & repair, and reduce inflammation. It also is rich in triterpenoid esters - an anti-inflammatory.

Additionally Truth In Aging says the flower:

“also possesses strong vulnerary properties (inhibiting tissue degeneration and stopping the bleeding in wounds), making it an excellent treatment for bruises, sores, ulcers, wounds, rashes, eczema, etc...”

Finally, Truth in Aging believes because calendula is stacked with antioxidants it also possesses anti-aging properties and can “stimulate the metabolism of glycoproteins, nucleoproteins and collagen during the skin’s healing process.”

Block Island Organics & Calendula Oil

We couldn’t resist all the awesome soothing properties of calendula so we included it in our Organic Revitalizing Night Cream. It’s a great way to get a bit of this wonderful plant.

Our Ingredients

We love sharing our ingredients, why we chose them and how we formulated our products with you. Find out even more about our ingredients in Our Ingredients page or through our Ingredient Truths blog series.

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