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Calendula Carrier Oil (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula Carrier Oil (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula oil comes from the Marigold and infused in a carrier oil, usually Sweet Almond oil. It contains the essential oil of the plant, which is said to be good for reducing inflammation and renewing body tissue. Calendula is recognised, along with witch hazel, as an effective astringent. Calendula has vulnerary, choleretic and antispasmodic properties.

The plant: The calendula plant originated from the Mediterranean and is an annual herb that has been grown since the Middle Ages for its bright, yellow and orange flowers. It can be found growing in gardens all over the world where it can grow to about 20 inches in height and will seed itself once established.

Therapeutic properties: Calendula has a favourable effect on the skin and can be used for varicose veins, bruises, eczema, cuts. The effects can be further enhanced if two or three drops of appropriate essential oils are added.

The oil: Calendula is a fixed oil not obtained from the plant but extracts are produced. The flowers are macerated in a fixed oil to produce the oil.

Extraction method: Calendula oil is obtained by maceration in which the blossoms are steeped in a vegetable oil. Usually an organic sunflower oil is used to produce excellent oils.

Latin name: Calendula officinalis.

Family: Asteraceae (Compositae).