Calendula, Calendula officinalis, is an herbaceous plant used in various forms for things like menstrual cramps, stomach discomfort, inflammation, skin irritations and wounds. It has historically been used in infusions, tinctures, creams, teas and ointments since approximately the 12th century. This little powerhouse herb is quite the helper in relieving some discomfort.
Calendula is commonly referred to as marigold but it is important to know it is not the same as your average marigold and that they can not be used the same so be sure if you choose to grow your own calendula you make sure it is Calendula officinalis. These beautiful orange flowers grow easily in sun and add bright blooms to any garden.
Most often Calendula is used in topical applications for skin irritations, wounds, sunburns and to prevent infections in minor wounds. We often use it in our blends for pain and inflammation, or oil infusions such as Trauma Oil which is a combination of 3 herbal infusions of St Johns Wort, Calendula and Arnica, and you can also find Calendula in our Calendula Creme.
How to make an oil infusion:
- Place dried calendula flowers in a clean, dry glass jar.
- Pour olive oil into the jar, making sure to cover the flowers by at least 1” of oil
- Stir well and cap the jar tightly.
- Place the jar in a warm, sunny window and shake a couple or more times a day.
- After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth.
- Pour the infused oil into glass bottles and store in a cool, dark place.
Make up a batch of this wonderful oil to use in your skincare routine or add it to your next batch of pain and inflammation relieving oils and see if it takes your blend to a whole other level.
Calendula is considered to be mostly safe and not an issue for most to use topically, it is important to note that if you are sensitive or allergic to Asters such as Daisies, Ragweed or Chrysanthemums this should be avoided as skin reaction or irritation can occur. A practitioner or healthcare provider may have you drink the infusions for stomach ulcers and such but that should be done under the directive of a knowledgeable health practitioner. It also may interact with some sedative or hypertension medications when taken orally so discuss with your pharmacist of healthcare provider if you take those meds before taking it internally.
As always if you have questions for ideas for how you use Calendula oil please share with us in the comments below.