Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula

Welcome to Smallflower’s Ingredients Spotlight series! Here, we walk you through the benefits and characteristics of popular ingredients you’re probably seeing pop up in the products you shop for and use. Today our focus is on Calendula.

You’ve probably noticed the bright golden blooms of Marigolds dotting a summer garden before, but never really paid them much attention. These little blooms are more than just a decoration, though–Calendula (the traditional and scientific name for Marigolds) has myriad uses outside of just bringing a pop of color to the lawn. Want to learn more about the friendly yellow flower? Read on!

About the Plant

Calendula, commonly known as Marigold, is a part of the Daisy family. Depending on the species, it’s a perennial or annual flowering plant that’s native to southwest Asia, the Mediterranean, and western Europe. The name comes from the Latin “calendae” and means “little calendar” or “little clock.” It earned this moniker because it only blooms at certain hours of the day on a rather strict schedule.

The ancient Romans and Greeks used Marigolds to make crowns or garlands for rituals and ceremonies. In India, the Marigold is a sacred flower and has been used to honor statues of sacred deities for centuries. The name “Marigold” is said to be a derivative of “Mary’s Gold,” which refers to the flowers being used in some Catholic countries to celebrate the Virgin Mary.

There are about 15 to 20 species of Calendula, but the most prevalent species of Marigold is the Pot Marigold, Calendula officinalis, which is the most common garden plant as well as the species used for medicinal or cosmetic purposes.

Uses for Calendula

Delicious Dishes

For centuries, Marigold has been used in German, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cooking to add flavor and impart a golden hue. In Germany, the plant is most commonly used in soups or stews, hence the name “Pot Marigold.” It’s also a traditional ingredient in teas, valued both for its taste and medicinal properties.

Anti-Inflammatory

Lab studies have shown that Calendula applied to the skin can reduce inflammation and help heal burn tissue. Early research also suggests that Calendula ointment can reduce the painful swelling and irritation known as radiation dermatitis that occurs during cancer treatment.

Soothing Earaches

A study was conducted that showed that children and teenagers who were treated with a specific blend of mullein, garlic, calendula, and St. John’s wort had decreased levels of pain due to ear infections.

So Long, Diaper Rash

Instead of aloe gel, participants in one study used a 1.5% Calendula solution to treat diaper rash over 10 days and found that it did a better job healing and soothing pain.

 

Smallflower Picks

 

Ringelblumen Salbe

Ringelblumen Salbe

This European skin care wonder makes it simple to moisturize and protect your face, hands, and body with this luxuriant herb. The dual-herb-action soothes dry, irritated, and sensitive skin while protecting surface skin from harmful environmental pollutants. Soothing calendula also brings welcome relief from sunburn, windburn, and chafing.

by Dr. Theiss Naturwaren | $14.75 | Shop Now →

Calendula Baby Starter Kit

Calendula Baby

This lovely set has everything you need to keep baby clean, protected, soft, nurtured, and happy from head to toe. It’s a carefully formulated selection of Weleda Calendula Baby Care products ideal for the care of the delicate skin of your baby, child, or even sensitive adult skin. Organic and wild-crafted calendula extract inside each product leaves skin soft and smooth, wrapping your child in a layer of warmth and protection, like a loving hug.

by Weleda | $13 for 5 products | Shop Now →

 

Calendula Shave Soap

Haslinger Calendula Shave Soap

The solid, long-lasting foam created from this soap has a creamy consistency can’t be beat. Haslinger’s Calendula Shaving soap maintains and calms your skin during shaving, leaving it soft and supple. The soothing caledula in the formula makes this a gentle pick that’s suitable for every skin type.

by Haslinger | $10 | Shop Now →

Calendula Orange Lip Balm

Calendula Orange Lip Balm

This luxurious lip balm combines the healing powers of calendula with other awesome ingredients like moisturizing olive oil, beeswax, and soothing comfrey root.

 

Ylang-Ylang + Calendula Deodorant

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

Schmidt’s award-winning formula helps neutralize odor naturally, with plant-based powders that help absorb wetness without the use of aluminum. Scented with essential oils, they contain no artificial fragrance. Calendula lends its light, lovely scent and skin-soothing properties to this formula.

Calendula Loose Herbs

Calendula officinalis Smallflower

For many centuries, people from all over the globe have found fresh herbs to be a gentle yet effective health-enhancing blessing. These are our own hand packed loose herbs, packaged in old world apothecary style, air tight brown paper canisters to keep light and moisture out, and freshness in. Use it in teas, tinctures, and elixirs.