Posted on September 15 2020
Using plants to care for your body is all the rage right now. And for good reason. Botanicals provide natural, soothing, healing support. In this article, we’ll explore one particular plant — calendula — and what it can do for you.
In addition to looking at calendula benefits, we’ll go over what this plant is and how you can take advantage of it in your day-to-day! First, what is calendula?
What Is Calendula?
To put it simply, calendula is a gorgeous flower! The flower has bright yellow or vibrant orange petals and can grow up to one or two feet tall.
This plant, scientifically known as Calendula officinalis, is native to the Meditteranean but is now grown all over the world. Calendula is part of the Asteraceae (or Compositae) family along with chamomile, chrysanthemums, dahlias, and marigolds.
Over the years, calendula has been used not only in food and tea but also as a dye. But, of course, there’s another reason we love calendula here at Babo Botanicals — it also provides significant benefits when applied to your skin!
Without further ado, we’d love to tell you about those benefits and why we get excited about this plant.
5 Calendula Benefits For Your Skin
Calendula is far more than just a pretty face. It’s also been studied for its benefits.
In an article entitled “A review on phytochemistry and ethnopharmacological aspects of genus Calendula,” researchers note, “Pharmacological studies reveal that C. officinalis exhibits antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant properties.”
That’s a big brag for a small plant! Let’s look more closely at a few specific ways calendula can help you care for your skin.
1) Calendula Is Anti-Inflammatory
As we just read, calendula has anti-inflammatory properties and can help calm redness and inflammation and ease skin discomfort.
In addition to being soothing for any type of skin, this means that calendula can provide some relief from conditions like eczema or diaper rash.
2) Calendula Moisturizes Your Skin
Calendula contains fatty acids that help to moisturize and hydrate your skin. That means calendula can help you kick dry skin to the curb!
Skin hydration contributes to radiant skin every day, but it’s important for other reasons, too. Well-hydrated skin can also help delay skin aging, which brings us to our next point.
3) Calendula Can Help Delay Skin Aging
A study called “Calendula Extract: Effects On Mechanical Parameters Of Human Skin,” notes that in the study, calendula increased the hydration of the skin, which “may also prevent skin alteration and early ageing.”
They also note that “it was found that the formulation had the ability of inducing skin tightness which prevents the damage of skin and also delays the aging process.”
Who knew calendula was such a powerhouse plant?
4) Calendula Is Healing
When we say “calendula is healing,” we’re not just referring to the fact that it’s hydrating and soothing and all that. It actually aids in wound healing!
In fact, recent research showed that using calendula ointment increased skin healing time in women who’d had c-sections.
And remember how we said earlier that calendula has antioxidant properties? Matthew J. Leach comments in an article that this plant “may facilitate wound healing via an important antioxidant effect,” though he notes that “clinical research is needed to validate these findings.”
He goes on to note that calendula can help prevent infection of a wound, which “may not only be attributed to the immunomodulating effect of the plant, but also to an antimicrobial effect.”
That’s big news!
But the great thing is that you don’t have to be dealing with a major wound or surgery like a c-section to benefit from calendula. It’s healing for small wounds to the skin — like bug bites, blisters, and little cuts — too!
5) Calendula Is Gentle
We’ve mentioned that calendula is anti-inflammatory, hydrating, anti-aging, and promotes wound healing through antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
But what we love most about calendula is that it provides all those benefits while being extremely gentle on your skin!
It’s so gentle that it’s safe for babies as well as folks with sensitive skin. That’s why you’ll find calendula in products like diaper cream, baby lotion, and those for adults with delicate skin.
Knowing several of these wonderful calendula benefits, we’d like to move on to the practical step: how to use calendula in your everyday life.
5 Ways To Experience Calendula Benefits
Calendula is an incredible plant that can do a lot for your skin. But, the first thing to note is that if you have a known allergy to other flowers in the Compositae family, you may want to stay away from calendula just in case of an allergic reaction.
Otherwise, full steam ahead with this beneficial botanical! Here are five ways to experience calendula benefits on the daily.
1) Care For Your Baby
As we’ve seen, calendula is gentle yet provides your skin with some wonderful benefits. This is why it’s an ideal ingredient in baby skincare products!
Since calendula is anti-inflammatory and healing, here at Babo Botanicals, we make our Sensitive Baby Zinc Diaper Cream with calendula and other calming and soothing ingredients, like colloidal oatmeal, shea, and cocoa butter.
You can rest assured that this fragrance-free diaper rash cream is safe for your baby’s skin. It’s EWG Verified, made with 25% non-nano zinc oxide, and preservative-free.
Diaper cream isn’t the only way to use calendula to care for, hydrate, and soothe your baby’s kissable skin.
Clean and moisturize their whole body by using Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby Shampoo & Wash and Moisturizing Baby Lotion!
2) Moisturize Your Skin
Of course, calendula isn’t just for babies. You can moisturize your skin with calendula, too! To soothe and protect dry or chafed skin, try using a rich moisturizer, like Babo Botanicals Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream.
Made with colloidal oatmeal as well as organic calendula, this cream contains the perfect blend of active botanicals to help protect delicate skin.
3) Take Advantage Of Shower Time
Reaping the benefits of calendula is not reserved for lathering up with lotion. Moisturize while you’re scrubbing up in the shower, too!
In fact, the shower is the perfect time to focus on skin-hydrating products since the hot water can be drying to your skin.
Your scalp will thank you for shampooing and conditioning with Babo Botanicals Smoothing Detangling Shampoo & Wash and Moisturizing Conditioner, which both contain calendula.
4) Clean Up Quickly
Harsh soaps and other products filled with drying ingredients can do a number on your skin. But staying fresh and clean doesn’t have to be drying!
Instead, use a product like Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 Sensitive Baby Face, Hands & Body Wipes for easy, quick cleanup on the go.
“Baby” is in the name of these wipes, but they’re just as good for your skin as they are for your baby’s bottom!
Our oat and calendula wipes gently cleanse your face, hands, and body without rinsing, leaving your skin soothed, soft, and moisturized. Use them to wipe your hands when you don’t have a sink nearby, to freshen up after the gym, or to wipe your makeup away at the end of the day.
5) Treat Minor Wounds
How can you harness the healing power of calendula for everyday scrapes and scratches? Use an ointment, like Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin All Natural Healing Ointment.
This 100% natural, 70% organic ointment is sure to become a staple in your family!
It’s been created for adults with sensitive, dry or eczema-prone skin and is perfect not only for healing chapped hands, lips, and feet but also for relieving eczema, bug bites, and poison ivy.
With calendula, colloidal oatmeal, shea, cocoa butter and absolutely no mineral oil or preservatives, this ointment has all of the good stuff and none of the bad!
Care For Your Skin With Calendula
You’ve learned about some calendula benefits — its anti-inflammatory properties, its ability to moisturize your skin and help delay aging, and how it gently heals and soothes your skin — now don’t wait to put calendula to work for you and your family!
Care for your littlest ones with Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Zinc Diaper Cream and Moisturizing Baby Lotion. And, of course, use calendula in your own skincare routine with Babo Botanicals Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream or Sensitive Skin All Natural Healing Ointment.
Try calendula for yourself and see just what this plant can do!