Spring is here and this season we felt it was only right to write a little something on the amazing benefits of calendula flowers. You may also know of these flowers from their common name, Marigolds (yeah, those little yellow flowers you see all over in the spring).
Used by Egyptians for its rejuvenating properties, Calendula is a powerful healing aid. It's used in a variety of skincare applications from soaps, lotions, oils, and healing salves. Calendula flower offers anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help heal and protect skin. And it serves as an excellent moisturizer, soothing skin and reducing pain caused by eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, or other skin conditions.
Calendula also contains powerful antioxidants that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dry spots. Used in soaps and lotions, it can help smooth, restore and replenish skin, evenings skin tone and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Are your Marigolds in bloom? Here's a DIY recipe to make your own Calendula infusion oil - an oil that can be used to help fight off infections, protect and heal wounds, and calm burns and bites this summertime.
What You'll Need:
- 1 cup calendula flowers
- 1 1/2 cups organic olive oil
DIY Calendula Infusion Oil:
- In the morning, collect 1 cup of fresh calendula flowers (flower tops only); let air dry for for 12-24 hours
Place dried calendula in a standard mason jar and pour olive oil over top; stir well. Place lid on jar tightly and store in sunny location
Shake mixture at least once daily for 4-6 weeks. Use a cheesecloth to drain and pour into a storage jar
You use calendula oil as a daily acne toner, massage gel, or even to help fight diaper rash. It can also be added to your existing moisturizers and lotions for an extra layer of skin protection.
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