Calendula (Calendula officinalis), the pot marigold, is a great herb for skin care and has perhaps the longest history of use of any herb in skin care. Calendula is most widely used for skin and digestive issues, but also for menstrual symptoms.
The useful components of calendula include carotenoids, flavonoids, mucilage, resin, polysaccharides, and aromatic plant acids. Extracts of calendula can include an infused oil, alcohol tincture, water soluble tea, or distilled and used as essential oil or watery distillate (hydrolate).
Calendula is probably best used for chapped and otherwise irritated skin. Reason too why in Europe it id widely used for baby products and also in hand and foot creams. The oil soluble components including the essential oil seem especially good at stimulating wound healing. Scientific studies find that extracts of calendula speed the healing of skin wounds and burns. Calendula ointment has also been used to decrease dermatitis following skin irradiation for breast cancer.
Much of the healing properties of calendula are because of its high levels of carotenoids (vitamin A like compounds). Because these compounds are oil soluble, an infused oil is a good way to go. Calendula also contains oil soluble sterols that help plump the skin and keep it thick.
An infused calendula oil is easily made by filling a jar with dried calendula flowers and covering the flowers with olive oil. Let this oil set (infuse) for two weeks shaking it periodically to help extract the properties from the flowers. When ready to use, filter the oil through cheesecloth.
You can use this oil directly in a balm or as part of the oil portion of a cream or lotion. This infused oil can help with skin regeneration, diaper rash, sunburn, bed sores and various inflammatory conditions.
Paul Penders Rosemary & Calendula Cleansing Milk
A natural herbal facial cleanser formulated to effectively remove surface dirt and impurities for all skin types. Contains fine plant-derived oils, including calendula oil, as well as uplifting rosemary essential oil. It gently cleanses leaving the skin soft, smooth, and noticeably clearer. Includes LevensESSENTIE Gold® – a mixture of 22 certified organically grown herbs – a traditional formulation which is the pride of Paul Penders.
Rosemary & Calendula Cleansing Milk US style ingredients listing:
Aqua/Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui)Seed Oil, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Cera, Sorbic Acid, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Angelica Archangelica (Angelica) Extract, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Root Extract, Panax Quinquefolium (Ginseng) Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Equisetum Hyemale (Horsetail) Extract, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Pennywort) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Archillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Dulcis Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Linun Usitatissimun (Flaxseed/Linseed) Seed Oil, Tocotrienol Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate,Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone), Retinyl Palmitate.
Rosemary & Calendula Cleansing Milk EU style ingredients listing:
Aqua, Cocos nucifera Water, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Aleurites moluccana Seed Oil, Rosemarinus officinalis Leaf Oil, Oryza sativa Bran Cera, Sorbic acid, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower extract, Ascorbic acid, Angelica archangelica (Angelica) extract, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower extract, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) flower extract, Sambucus nigra (Elderflower) flower extract, Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) root extract, Panax quinquefolium (Ginseng) root extract, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) extract, Humulus lupulus (Hops) extract, Equeisetum hyemale (Horsetail) extract, Juniperus communis (Juniper) fruit extract, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower extract, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) leaf extract, Urtica dioica (Nettle) extract, Centella asiatica (Pennywort) extract, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) leaf extract, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) flower extract, Salvia officinalis (Sage) extract, Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) extract, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) root extract, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) extract, Archillea millefolium (Yarrow) extract, Prunus amygdalus dulcis Oil, Xanthan gum, Cananga odorata Oil, Citrus grandis seed extract, Linun usitatissimun Seed Oil, Tocotrienol tocopherol, Tocopheryl acetate,Carthamus tinctorius Seed Oil, Ananas sativus fruit extract, Carica papaya fruit extract, Ubiquinone, Retinyl palmitate.