Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
Calendula, also known as Marigold or by its latin name Calendula Officinalis, has been used for centuries for its wound-healing properties and its ability to soothe even the most irritated skin. It has incredible anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It is most often used externally in order to disinfect and treat the skin however it can also be ingested as a tea.
Calendula is traditionally used for disinfecting and treating skin ailments like eczema, minor burns, infections, rashes, wounds, athlete’s foot, cold sores, conjunctivitis, chapped skin, bruises, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other irritations of the skin.
Calendula in the form of a salve/ointment can be an extremely convenient daily first-aid kit. It provides relief to almost every skin ailment and has important vitamins to nourish your skin even after the ailment is gone. It absorbs easily, not leaving a sticky residue on the skin and it doesn’t contain water like many moisturizers do. This is extremely important because water-based moisturizers cause your skin to feel moisturized at application, but once the cream is absorbed, your skin becomes dry again. Calendula has the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin.
Calendula has proven to be very effective on rashes of the eyelid and the arms on some people. In fact, many mothers have found that calendula is an ingredient that is great for soothing diaper rash!