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This bright yellow or orange flower has more benefits than meets the eye.
Calendulas, also known as Marigold, have been traditionally used for centuries due to its highly beneficial and healing properties. It’s been used in teas, tinctures, creams and herbal ointments. Calendula will pretty much grow anywhere there is sun and can be found all over the world. Calendulas appear in ancient Greek history as a flower that decorated the entrance of homes celebrating the sun, or in ancient India as a celebratory ornament for the goddess Mahadevi. But beyond decoration, Calendula has many healing properties and is highly beneficial to both skin and hair.
What is Calendula?
Calendula, Calendula officinalis, is found all over the world, but is most common in Western Europe, the Mediterranean area, and South Asia. The petals of this bright yellow or orange flower are edible and the stem and leaves are often used to create powerful extracts. While the flower petals are often used in culinary recipes, the stem and leaves are mostly used in medicinal remedies.
Skin Benefits of Calendula Flower
The unique anti-oxidant compound found in this flower is famous for rapidly healing wounds, cuts, insect bites and bruises. The oil from this flower can both protect the wound from infection and hasten up the healing process.
By 2013 many companies in the beauty industry we’re tuned-in on the power of the calendula flower, which is why it appears in more and more beauty products. The oil of the Calendula flower promotes smooth and even-toned skin with its abundance of antioxidant compounds. It also works at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It can treat hyperpigmentation and age spots from sun damage as it improves the condition of the skin.
It’s famously used for healing rashes, removes old scars and effectively hydrates dry skin. It can prevent dermatitis, and can help clear out acne-causing bacteria that flourishes and reproduces in the pores of the skin.
Calendula Flower Hair Benefits
Calendula flower extract can hydrate the scalp, similarly to how it hydrates the skin. It stimulates blood flow, providing the necessary nutrients to the skin and scalp, so that they’re both healthy and hydrated.
As it improves the condition of the scalp it can also increase hair growth. A healthy and hydrated scalp improves the condition of the hair follicles which host several hair strands. When our hair follicles are blocked or damaged, we experience less hair growth. However, with the anti-inflammatory properties of Calendula flower, and it’s powerful antioxidants, the hair follicles are able to produce thicker and stronger hair strands for more voluminous hair.
Other Benefits of Calendula Flower
Calendula flower benefits go well beyond the skin and hair, but will also benefit the teeth, eyes and more. Many believe the sap of the plant has the power to treat cancer through its anti-tumor properties. It can heal menstrual pain, and can kill bacteria in the mouth that causes gingivitis and cavities. The Beta-carotene compound in Calendula flower can prevent the development of cataracts in the eyes and can protect one’s vision.
It’s no wonder why Koils By Nature has included Calendula Flower extract in heaps of natural skin and hair care products. You’ll find the magic of Calendula flower in our Beard Growth Oil, in our Stimulating Hair Growth Rinse, in our Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner, and of course, our Hydrating Hair and Scalp Shampoo! And now you know why!