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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.