Calendula, Calendula officinalis, soothing to sensitive and dry skin, has been used for centuries to enhance skin tone and appearance. Also referred to as "pot marigold," the yellowish-orange calendula petals have a wide range of anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and skin-healing properties.
Calendula is used for burns, cuts, inflammations, insect bites, rashes, wounds and skin disorders such as eczema and acne. During the American Civil War physicians preserved the juice from the plant with alcohol and used the mixture on the battlefield. World War I battlefield doctors poured boiling water over dried flower heads and applied the mixture to soldiers’ wounds to prevent infection and inflammation. It is believed to promote skin cell regrowth and moisturize dry, cracked skin. Calendula is beneficial for individuals with sensitive skin.
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