Calendula | Calendula officinalis
The calendula plant, also referred to as pot marigold, is a fantastic plant used for both its culinary and medical benefits. The natural oil extracted from its flower has been known to be useful for soothing irritated skin and wounds. Calendula oil has shown to have antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a very versatile herbal treatment for open wounds.
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Calendula flowers are one of the best all-purpose skin-soothing herbs and are in most of our body care products; including our Nipple Cream, Diaper Balm, Rhoid Calm, C-Section Cream, Everyday Baby Balm, Green Salve, and our Pregnant Belly Salve. The flowering part of calendula has been traditionally used to soften skin, soothe cuts, abscesses, rashes, boils, chapped skin, and even eczema. When used externally on the skin, the oil from the flower can be used to ease muscle cramps, painful swelling, hemorrhoids, and itchy insect bites.
What It Looks Like: Calendula is an easily-planted, annual-blooming marigold with orange and yellow flowers and alternate leaves. The unusual curlicue seedpods easily reseed themselves for the new growing season. Calendula is primarily harvested for its beautiful, useful flower.
Things to Know: Calendula has been known to be a generally safe plant to use on the skin, however, allergic reactions to the plant can occur.