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What Are Some Calendula Skin Benefits?

What Are Some Calendula Skin Benefits?

Flowers bring such a delight to anyone who sees it. But did you know that there are certain flowers that could also become part of your skincare routine? Read on to learn more about calendula skin benefits.

Out and About with Calendula

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a plant commonly referred to as pot marigold. It belongs to the same plant family as daisies, chrysanthemums, and ragweed. Since at least the 12th century, people have already made use of the flowers’ vibrant orange-yellow petals for medicinal purposes.

It is one of those plants with chemical properties that is said to potentially aid the growth of new tissue in wounds and reduce swelling in the mouth and throat. Traditionally, it has been used to treat stomach upset and ulcers, as well as to soothe menstrual pain. However, there is still no research to prove these claims. Today, people take regard of it due to a variety of calendula skin benefits made available through several products.

Calendula Skin Benefits To Consider

Calendula flower is widely used to treat a wide range of ailments like wounds, rashes, infections, as well as skin inflammation.

Help in Wound and Skin Ulcer Healing

One of the notable calendula skin benefits is its ability to heal burns, cuts, and even bruises, as well as to combat minor infections.

Animal studies have demonstrated that calendula appears to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing the amount of blood to the injured area and assisting the body in the formation of new tissue.

Moreover, it also provides some soothing effects due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula contains a high concentration of flavonoids. These are plant-based antioxidants that offer protection from the possibility of free radical damage. Thus, it appears to be effective against inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.

According to one test-tube study, calendula extract improved the production of collagen as the wounds continue to heal. Collagen is a type of protein that is essential in the development of new skin.

In a 12-week study of 57 people, 72% of those given calendula extract had complete healing of venous leg ulcers. This is in comparison to the 32% in the control group. Additionally, 78% of participants in a 30-week study of 41 adults with diabetes-related foot ulcers achieved showed good wound closure after daily treatment of calendula spray.

High in Antioxidants

The next one on the rundown of calendula skin benefits is it being an antioxidant. Antioxidants are beneficial compounds that help to counteract the negative effects of oxidative stress in the body.

Calendula extract is rich in antioxidants such as triterpenes, flavonoids, polyphenols, and carotenoids. It significantly decreased oxidative stress and reversed antioxidant depletion in rats fed monosodium glutamate (MSG) in a study.

Brings Moisture to the Skin

The linoleic acid present in calendula oil or extract nourishes your skin. It enables the skin cells to absorb nutrients and retain water for more extended periods of time. This is beneficial for people who suffer from chronic dry skin.

Calendula may also aid in the treatment of contact dermatitis, which includes poison ivy reactions.

Furthermore, calendula oil can enhance the overall appearance of your skin. According to one study, a cream infused with calendula extract may promote skin hydration and firmness.

Key Takeaways

This list of calendula skin benefits is wide and varied, and can help you achieve smoother, suppler, and more nourished skin. However, before getting too excited about trying out a new skincare product, consider doing a patch test first.

Learn more about Skin Care and Cleansing here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Calendula Extract: Effects on Mechanical Parameters of Human Skin – Naveed Akhtar, Shahiq Uz Zaman, Barkat Ali Khan, Muhammad Naeem Amir, and Muhammad Ali Ebrahimzadeh, https://www.ptfarm.pl/pub/File/Acta_Poloniae/2011/5/693.pdf Accessed February 23, 2022

Therapeutic effectiveness of a Calendula officinalis extract in venous leg ulcer healing – M Buzzi, F de Freitas, and M de Barros Winter, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27974009/ Accessed February 23, 2022

Oxidative Stress: Harms and Benefits for Human Health – Gabriele Pizzino, Natasha Irrera, Mariapaola Cucinotta, Giovanni Pallio, Federica Mannino, Vincenzo Arcoraci, Francesco Squadrito, Domenica Altavilla, and Alessandra Bitto, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5551541/ Accessed February 23, 2022

Protective Effect of Calendula officinalis L. Flowers Against Monosodium Glutamate Induced Oxidative Stress and Excitotoxic Brain Damage in Rats – B. D. Shivasharan, P. Nagakannan, B. S. Thippeswamy, and V. P. Veerapur, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3689330/ Accessed February 23, 2022

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Analysis of Carotenoids, Flavonoids and Essential Oil of Calendula officinalis Cultivars Growing in Estonia – Ain Raal, Anne Orav, Julia Nesterovitsch, Kerttu Maidla, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30725580/ Accessed February 23, 2022

Extracts from Calendula officinalis offer in vitro protection against H2 O2 induced oxidative stress cell killing of human skin cells – Abdullah M Alnuqaydan, Claire E Lenehan, Rachel R Hughes, Barbara J Sanderson, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25266574/ Accessed February 23, 2022

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The Water Fraction of Calendula officinalis Hydroethanol Extract Stimulates In Vitro and In Vivo Proliferation of Dermal Fibroblasts in Wound Healing

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Written by Fiel Tugade Updated 4 weeks ago
Medically reviewed by Dexter Macalintal, MD