Calendula Oil

What is it?

An infused oil also known as a macerated oil is where a carrier oil such as sunflower or hemp seed oil has had an herb (In this case Calendula) infused in it for several weeks. The purpose of this is that the properties from the herb transfer into the oil which can then be applied safely to your skin.

Calendula is a type of marigold which has the Latin name Calendula officinalis, it is antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

What is it used for?

For something so pretty it has many benefits, it is currently being tested as an option for sun protection this study shows that it has SPF properties, that doesn't mean you can use it as a sunscreen just yet though, this is still being worked on.

It also accelerates wound healing as shown in this study when it is used in an ointment every 8 hours for around 5 days.

It can help prevent and treat acne as per this study

Some people use it to help treat eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and nappy rash.

Most importantly of all it can help with inflammation. Some research shows that it helps reduce redness, bruising and swelling.

Who shouldn't use it?

As you should do with trying anything new always do a skin patch test somewhere like inside your wrist and leave it for up to 48 hours to ensure you don't have an allergic reaction. This being said a reaction is unlikely unless you are also allergic to ragweed and other related plants like marigolds an daisies

There is not enough research done on its effect on pregnant and breastfeeding mothers so if you fall into this category play it safe and don't touch it and like any herbal medication stop using it at least two weeks before any surgery

What do I use it in?

I use Calendula Infused oil in our Joint and Muscle rub for its anti-inflammatory properties. Up until recently I purchased my Calendula Oil and it was made in a Sunflower oil base. This spring I planted a section of my garden out in Calendula and have harvested my own so going forward it will be infused in Hemp Seed Oil which is Is rich in all sorts of vitamins such as Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin B1 and vitamin B2, essential fatty acids such as omega 6 and omega 3, and minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus. It is also non comedogenic which means that it will not clog your pores. This way I can ensure purity and batch freshness.

Do you have any experience with Calendula Infused Oil? I'd love to hear if you do, feel free to leave me a comment below!

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