Herbal ingredients can be extremely beneficial for anyone who places a high value on their skin health. One of the primary organic ingredients now used in a wide array of herbal skin products is Calendula. Now it’s time for you to lear nsome of the incredible benefits provided by this wild growing herb.
Although you may not recognize the botanical name “Calendula” these plants are otherwise known as the common “pot marigold” and they do differ from those more decorative marigold plants. Calendulas are not as showy and unique as their cousins but they are far more fascinating.
Pot marigolds are wild plants but they can easily be cultivated indoors or outdoors in small cottage gardens. Herbalists use many parts of the Calendula plant. In fact these same plants have been used for their medicinal qualities for many centuries.
One of the first clues to the use for Calendulais the aroma. The scent of Calendula plants is very strong and bold. You would not describe the fragrance as sweet or perfumed. Most individuals find that the odor of these plants has a strikingly fresh and antiseptic nature. Even if you did not know that the leaves and flowers contain medicinal compounds the fragrance would give this secret away almost immediately.
The unassuming plants are very useful for the following conditions
- Wound healing
- GI upsets
- Strengthening and regulating the digestive system
- Skin health
- Relief from menstrual cramps
- GI ulcers
- Dry Skin
- Boosting the natural immune system
Many different compounds (aromatic acids, flavonoids, oils, polysaccharides, carotenoids)are extracted from pot marigolds. Herbalists have long depended upon a combination of these compounds to create ointments, teas and skin salves. Today there are a number of skin care products that include Calendula oils and resins in the formulas.
These plants yield a bounty of helpful botanical agents.When prepared as salves and creams Calendula will help heal cuts and scrapes. You can also use Calendula to soothe and condition dry, chapped or irritated skin. Some individuals have discovered that you can prepare a diluted tea from the plant and use it to treat diaper rash, inflammatory skin conditions or dandruff.
There are a number of products that include natural Calendula extracts and compounds. These items are valued for their ability to moisturize, soften, heal and soothe the skin without creating additional irritation or sensitivity issues. Some of these products will even help relieve skin infections and minimize the time it takes to heal damaged skin tissue.
You might even want to use Calendula soaps and lotions to improve and maintain optimal skin health. The extracts are gentle enough to be used on your pets and farm animals. You can even use these natural soap products when bathing your children.