Calendula Uses – Healthier Skin and Fast Wound Healing
Chances are you have some beautiful marigold flowers in your garden or in a landscaping feature outside your home. These beautiful, bright yellow blooms can enhance your property’s overall appearance, but extract from the flowers, or what is called calendula, uses go well beyond making your lawn look great. This extract has been used for centuries in many parts of the world as a natural dye for foods like butter and cheese, but also has many healing properties that make it a great topical ointment for adults and even babies. Check out some calendula flower benefits and then we’ll tell you how you can make your own extract at home from those beautiful flowers you probably already have in your garden.
1. The marigold herb benefits sore muscles
Using calendula oil on sore muscles can help to relax them and reduce any swelling, pain, and stiffness. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties that keep those sore muscles from getting too inflamed and swollen. You can rub calendula oil right on your skin in the area of the sore muscles after a workout or any strenuous activity, and feel instant relief.
You can also use an extract from the calendula flower in other massage oils for better overall wellbeing; this can help relax sore muscles and allow for a massage that deeply penetrates the skin, helping muscles to restore and repair themselves. Adding candela oil to massage oils is especially good for a massage on the feet after standing up all day or after a long walk or jog.
2. Calendula uses for skin irritation and sores
There are antibacterial properties in the calendula flower that make it a good choice as a skin moisturizer and especially for troublesome spots on the skin. If you have an open cut or other sore, sunburn or other type of burn or abrasion, or anything that is irritating to the skin such as a rash or lesion, try some calendula oil on this spot in particular. The marigold herb benefits an abrasion by protecting it from bacteria that can make the wound worse or cause irritation and pain in that area. You can also use the calendula flower oil on warts, skin tags, and other such troublesome spots, to speed healing and soften skin around it.
3. Using the marigold flower for skin dryness
You may not think of using flower petals as a moisturizer for your skin, but most flowers have a natural oil that keeps petals from getting dry and wilted as the flower blossoms. You can use the extract of a marigold, or this calendula oil, as a deep moisturizer for the skin. It’s good for very dry spots such as the heels or elbows, or you can make it a bit thinner by adding it to grape seed oil or even to olive oil and use it all over your body. Do this after a shower to lock in moisture and keep your natural skin oils in place, for more hydrated skin and less dryness and irritation.
4. Calendula uses on skin fungus and infections
Skin fungus and bacteria are not uncommon problems; warts, jock itch, and athlete’s foot are all forms of skin fungus and bacterial infections, and you may find that you get fungus on the nails if you work in very wet environments, such as in a commercial kitchen. There are antiseptic properties in the calendula flowers, as mentioned above, that can help speed up healing for these issues. Since calendula oil is all natural, you may find it’s easier to use than a harsh product you get at the pharmacy, which may contain many chemicals that actually cause the skin to sting while it heals. This natural oil can also nourish and hydrate skin so it simply feels better and isn’t so dry after your fungal or bacterial infection heals up.
5. Use of marigold oil on inflamed areas
You don’t need to have arthritis to experience occasional inflammation of the joints. Your joints can be stiff and inflamed after a long day of typing on the computer, after a good visit to the gym, or just from putting pressure on the joints such as from having poor posture or standing up all day. One use of marigold oil or extract is as a massage oil for these joints, for relief of this inflammation. This oil can also relax the muscles around the joints that may also be overworked from having to give these areas added support throughout the day.
6. The marigold herb benefits baby!
Diaper rash can be very irritating for babies and even very dangerous, as open skin or sores in a baby’s diaper area can increase their risk of skin infection. Using topical ointments can provide some relief, but many ointments are harsh and may contain perfumes and dyes that can be irritating to a baby’s sensitive skin in particular. You can use the marigold herb and its extract on baby’s skin and even in the diaper area, to provide cooling relief and faster healing of this irritating rash. The oil can also protect baby’s skin from future irritation that causes this rash, such as when they have a wet or soiled diaper that needs changing.
How to make homemade calendula oil
Getting pure calendula oil is very difficult; usually you pull out an extract with what is called a carrier oil, meaning another oil that absorbs the extract; olive or grape seed oil are two popular choices. To make this extract at home, remove the petals from your marigold flowers and allow them to dry overnight. Fill a mason jar with however many petals you want, leaving room to add oil so the petals are covered by an inch or so.
Cover and let sit for about four hours, in a sunny spot such as a windowsill. The oil should have a nice yellow after this time, and this will tell you that your calendula oil is ready for use! Drain the petals from the oil and discard them; if you keep the lid to the oil tightly closed, it should last for up to a full year.