With a gorgeous orange hue, calendula is a member of the sunflower family and is a plant healer that brightens skin, our cycle, and protects us against bacteria and muscle spasms.
You’ve probably spotted calendula in garden pots but its many uses also make it worthy of a spot in your medicine cabinet. Read on for a few of calendula’s benefits.
5 Benefits of Calendula
1. Stimulates Collagen Production
As we age, we produce less collagen — an essential protein that supports our skin’s natural glow. Calendula gently stimulates collagen production allowing our skin to retain its elasticity. It’s also incredibly nourishing and hydrating for dry skin and can assist with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
2. Helps in Wound Healing
Along with its natural beauty assist, calendula helps our skin heal from a variety of wounds including cuts, bites, blisters, cold sores, and more. Soothing on the skin, its combination of collagen production, hydration, and antibacterial and antifungal properties help wounds heal faster and also supports those that are struggling to heal themselves. It’s also great as an after-sunburn care.
3. Regulates our Cycle
At various times during our life, our period can be more irregular for a host of reasons. If you’re having trouble getting your period or regulating your menstrual cycle, calendula has been shown to help bring on menstruation and may support you creating more consistency with your period.
4. Fights Inflammation and Infection
It’s the flavonoids and linoleic acid in calendula that help fight inflammation in the body. In fact, this medicinal plant is even FDA-approved for use as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal treatment.
5. Relaxes Muscles
Tension is a common problem for most of us in the modern world. This ancient plant can give your body a big exhale and reduce any muscle tension and spasms by preventing spontaneous cramps, reducing swelling, and minimizing aches and pains. Definitely one to add to the self-care list if you’re recovering from an injury or experiencing muscle soreness.
3 Ways to Incorporate Calendula Into Your Daily Routine
1. Add Calendula to Your Favorite Tea Blend
Calendula features heavily in herbalism for aforementioned health reasons. However, it also has a delicious fragrance and makes a great addition to tea blends. Craft your own or find a variety of pre-blended options at your health food store.
2. Find a Topical Cream
You’ll find many holistic healing brands use calendula’s ground petals in topical creams, gels, and beauty products. This miracle oil from In Fiore is a CAP Beauty cult favorite but they also have an entire offering of calendula products that are all equally exceptional. Again if you’re more hands-on, you can also make your own with this simple DIY recipe.
3. Indulge Yourself With a Calendula Pelvic Steam
Calendula is not just healing for our outer skin but is also tonifying and cleansing for our inner tissues. We love that the practice of pelvic steaming allows us to blend the benefits of herbs and plants into a powerful ritual and time for introspection. You can find calendula in our Womb Protector™ pelvic steaming herb blend and all the items you’d need to create your own practice in our Womb Protector™ Ritual Bundle.