Calendula or calendula officinalis, more easily recognized as the marigold plant, is one of the oldest herbs on record used for skincare. Calendula extract is fabulous for most inflamed or irritated skin conditions and scientific studies have found that extracts of calendula with its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-septic qualities can speed the healing of skin wounds and burns.
The high levels of tocopherols (vitamin E), flavonoids and carotenoids in calendula offer great antioxidant properties with free radical scavenging actions to assist in the regeneration of new skin cells. Additionally, preliminary studies show that punicic acid (CLA) found in calendula may help to lighten skin and reduce the effects of photo aging.
The distillate (water distilled) form of the calendula plant, provides similar but gentler benefits for the skin as the oil extracted version. The aroma of calendula distillate is refreshing, soothing, sweet, and mildly floral. The distillate is perfect for use in a facial toners, moisturizers or in soothing and cleansing sprays for babies or those with sensitive skin.
At Botanic Organic we love this calming and restorative herb. You can find either the oil extract and/or distillate form of calendula in our Pomegranate and Sea Buckthorn Antioxidant Serum, Calendula Blossom and Rose Night Cream, Cucumber and Chamomile Nutrient Mist, Chamomile and Lavender Baby Spray, Lavender and Calendula Soothing Balm and our Chamomile and Lavender Baby Bath Tea.