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Calming calendula

Calendula’s effects can be used both internally and topically. Here are seven ways you can utilise the healing power of calendula.

In the realm of natural remedies and holistic wellness, calendula (Calendula officinalis) is something of a potent botanical ally with a seemingly endless list of beauty and wellbeing benefits. As a naturopath, I often find myself turning to this vibrant and sun-kissed flower for its remarkable healing properties. Calendula’s therapeutic effects can be utilised both internally and topically for a variety of skin complaints, making it a versatile, natural ingredient for supporting skin from the inside out.

Calendula, commonly known as marigold, has been used for centuries in traditional medicine due to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. As a naturopath, I appreciate the flower’s ability to heal and rejuvenate the skin from within. The calendula extract is rich in flavonoids, carotenoids and essential oils, contributing to its healing prowess.

Here are seven ways you can utilise the healing power of calendula in your natural beauty regime.

Nourishing the skin

One of the primary natural beauty benefits of calendula lies in its ability to nourish and hydrate the skin. The flower extract helps retain moisture, making it an excellent addition to skincare routines for those with dry or dehydrated skin. The hydrating properties of calendula contribute to a plump and radiant complexion, giving the skin a healthy and youthful appearance.

Soothing inflammation

Calendula’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a go-to remedy for soothing irritated and inflnamed skin. Whether dealing with redness, rashes or minor burns, the application of calendula-infused products can provide relief. In my clinic, I often recommend calendula-infused creams, ointments and herbal calendula tinctures to clients dealing with conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or acne, where inflammation is a common concern.

Promoting collagen production

Collagen is a vital protein responsible for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. Calendula stimulates collagen production, promoting the skin’s natural ability to stay supple and resilient. Regular use of calendula- infused products can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, offering a natural solution for anti-aging skincare.

Antioxidant protection

The presence of antioxidants in calendula helps combat free radicals, protecting the skin from oxidative stress and environmental damage. Free radicals can accelerate the aging process and contribute to the development of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. By incorporating calendula into your skincare routine, you provide your skin with a natural shield against these harmful elements.

Gentle cleansing and exfoliation

Calendula’s mild antiseptic properties make it an ideal ingredient for gentle cleansing. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne breakouts, finding a cleanser with the added ingredient of calendula could be beneficial. Additionally, the flower’s natural exfoliating properties help remove dead skin cells, promoting a smoother and more radiant complexion.

Reducing scarring and blemishes

The regenerative abilities of calendula extend to minimising scars and blemishes. Whether you’re dealing with acne scars or minor wounds, calendula promotes tissue repair and regeneration, leading to a reduction in the visibility of scars. This natural healing process ensures that your skin maintains its even tone and texture.

Abrasion and wound healing

Due to calendula’s many soothing properties, it is a perfect wound healer. I use a calendula-based cream for my three-year-old daughter whenever she has a cut or scratch on her. This powerful herb speeds up the healing process and is gentle enough for the whole family.

Article featured in WellBeing 210

Ema Taylor

Ema Taylor

Ema Taylor is a naturopath, clinical nutritionist and certified fertility awareness educator. For more, visit emataylor.com or @emataylornaturopathy on Instagram.

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