WHO, WHAT, OR WHERE IS CALENDULA OFFICINALIS?
Calendula officinalis might sound like a character straight out of “Game of Thrones”, or a planet far, far away, but it’s actually a species of flowering plant in the daisy family, commonly known as pot marigold.
Marigolds are more than just another cheerful flower; they’ve been used since ancient time for their skin healing properties, among other benefits. Here are a some of the best:
Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial: Calendula is a gentle and a nourishing botanical that possesses powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits bacterial, viral and fungal microorganisms, which helps to prevent infection.
It contains high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect the body against free radical cell damage. And it’s soothing on sunburn.
Antioxidant-rich: Calendula is also rich in antioxidants like carotenoids, vitamin A precursors that help to eliminate free radicals which can cause premature aging. It’s also rich in vitamin E, which helps soften the skin. Calendula oil is often used as an emollient for dry or damaged skin and to protect the skin from premature aging and thinning of the skin.
Trivia Bits about Calendula:
It’s said to be a good weather predictor; the flowers close when rain is coming.
Ancient folklore held that if you place Marigold in your mattress, you will have prophetic dreams… and if you place it under your mattress it will make whatever you dream come true.
The genus name Calendula is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae, meaning “little calendar” or “little clock”.