Originally cultivated in Mediterranean countries as early as the 12th century, the calendula plant is widely used and researched for its medicinal potential1. Calendula, or “pot marigold,” is most commonly used topically, as studies have shown C. officinalis has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties on the skin2. A specific study by the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in India shows calendula can reduce the harmful effects of UVB radiation3. It’s proven to help keep your skin hydrated, protected, and clear of breakouts, as calendula can accelerate healing and scavenges free radicals; it’s especially effective when applied to minor cuts, bruises, and burns4. If it can clear infantile diaper rash like one scientific study claims, imagine what it could do for your most stubborn blemishes5. At FPF, we organically grow our own calendula, harvest the flower heads at their peak potential, and infuse them in organic oils to maximize their topical benefits.
1ASHRAF, A., RIAZ, M., NASRULLAH, M., HANIF, M., JAVAID, B., ALI, S., & QAYYUM, M. A. (2017). PHYTOCHEMICAL, ANTIOXIDANT AND CYTOTOXICITY STUDIES OF Calendula officinalis L. (POT MARIGOLD) LEAVES EXTRACTS. Oxidation Communications, 40(I-I), 120-130.
2Arora, D., Rani, A., & Sharma, A. (2013). A review on phytochemistry and ethnopharmacological aspects of genus Calendula. Pharmacognosy Reviews, 7(14), 179-187. doi:10.4103/0973-7847.120520
3Mishra, A. K., Mishra, A., Verma, A., & Chattopadhyay, P. (2012). Effects of Calendula Essential Oil-Based Cream on Biochemical Parameters of Skin of Albino Rats against Ultraviolet B Radiation. Scientia Pharmaceutica, 80(3), 669-683. doi:10.3797/scipharm.1112-18
4Ehrlich, S. D. (2015, June 22). “Calendula.” Retrieved September 22, 2017 from Medical Reference Guide, University of Maryland Medical Center.
5Adib-Hajbaghery, M., Mahmoudi, M., & Mashaiekhi, M. (2014). The effects of Bentonite and Calendula on the improvement of infantile diaper dermatitis. Journal Of Research In Medical Sciences, 19(4), 314-318