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.
Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent remedy for all kinds of inflammatory, issues like diaper rash, dermatitis, burns, cuts, insect bites, rashes, wounds and skin disorders such as eczema and acne. Since calendula helps increase blood flow and oxygen to irritated skin and wounds, it helps the healing process.
Calendula, a great herb for individuals with sensitive skin, has been shown to improve skin firmness and hydration.
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.
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