Calendula Calendula officinalis or marigold has great anti-inflammatory properties making it excellent for helping skin conditions like stubborn wound healing, ulcers, bed sores, nappy rash and a host of others.
Calendula oil has such great healing, soothing and softening qualities for various skin conditions that it could be added to numerous products.
Buy calendula essential oil or calendula infused oil (macerated) or make your own infused oil.
Making your own infusion or maceration oil. Buy dried flower heads of Calendula officinalis. You may be growing marigold in your garden BUT there are many varieties and it’s only Calendula officinalis variety you should use. So if you are growing this variety, you will need to dry your flower heads first before you use them for this purpose. Drying time will vary depending on the method you use.
The ratio is approximately 1 cup of dried marigold flower heads to about one and a half cups of oil. Cold pressed organic Jojoba oil would be a good oil to choose but you could also use organic cold pressed olive oil or almond oil. Place flowers and oil into a large enough glass jar and seal with a well fitting lid. It is very important that you give the jar a good shake each and every day for 6 to 8 weeks. Add more oil if needed as the flowers will absorb quite a lot of oil.
Once the oil is ready to strain through muslin and then squeeze and wring out the last drops of oil. Discard the flower heads. Keep in a dark glass container with well-fitting lids. To extend the shelf-life of your product store in the fridge, garage out of the light or if you are lucky enough in your cellar.
In the Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology, Volume 20 2009, researchers at Amala Cancer Research Centre Amala Nagar, India, published a study examining the wound-healing effects of the extract of Calendula officinalis (this SCO2 distillation is what would be considered the finest extracts available of this flower). The researchers saw a dramatic increase in the healing speed of skin wounds, with the conclusion being summed up by: “The data indicate potent wound healing activity of Calendula officinalis extract.”