Commonly known as marigold the Ancient Egyptians, of course, used calendula to restore and rejuvenate their skin. The Greeks and Romans incorporated calendula into culinary cuisines and as a culinary garnish. Today in India, calendula is strung into garlands for weddings and religious rituals, as it was too in ancient times gone by.
Likely native to the Mediterranean region of Europe and North Africa, calendula’s exact origins are lost in time. While its birthplace isn’t clear, there is extensive evidence that calendula has been prized for its medicinal, culinary, ornamental, and cosmetic properties for centuries.
Its medicinal history dates all the way back to the 12th century, where it served as a relief for fevers, stomach upsets, and as a topical healing treatment for wounds and infections.
Sprinkling calendula blooms under your bed was said to offer you protection from robbers by inducing prophetic dreams if you had been robbed, helping you to identify the thief.
Carrying calendula in your pocket was thought to provide a positive outcome if any dealings with 'the law'.
Bathing is actually an ancient therapeutic practice called balneotherapy. Romans recognized the importance of water therapy and even provided public bathhouses for citizens. Ayurvedic healers use steams, baths, and cold water plunges to maintain health based on your constitution–also known as doshas—and promote circulation. Almost all ancient cultures prescribe therapeutic bathing rituals to promote overall wellness and calm the skin including bathing with calendula flowers.
Calendula officinalis – Calendula flowers have been known for many generations to be an anti-inflammatory herb that can treat a range of different skin conditions. Its exceptional anti-inflammatory properties and effectiveness in helping to heal the skin. Certain triterpenoid compounds appear to inhibit a variety of bacteria, and this antioxidant’s power is said to reduce damage from oxygen radicals. The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties help decrease inflammation and swelling, soothe sunburns, rashes, and skin irritations.
/ Wound-healing effects / It has been proposed that Calendula officinalis extract may aid in wound healing by promoting epithelial growth and by enhancing immune responses. The effects may also be mediated by the stimulation of phagocytosis, by increased granulation, and via effects on the metabolism of glycoproteins, nucleoproteins, and collagen proteins in tissue regeneration.
/ Anti-inflammatory effects / The active components of calendula's anti-inflammatory activity are thought to be the triterpenoids, particularly faradiol monoester. Free ester faradiol is the most active.
/ Antioxidant effects / Extracts of Calendula officinalis have antioxidant activity and demonstrate strong abilities to scavenge reactive oxygen species. Plants of the genus Calendula are natural sources of betacarotene (Pro-Vitamin A), which contribute to potential antioxidant effects. Nineteen carotenoids have been identified in extracts of Calendula officinalis petals, including flavoxanthin and isomers of lycopene, carotene, and rubixanthin.
/ Microcirculation / Calendula is known to increase microcirculation and oxygen to the skin to speed healing and repair. Antioxidants vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene and Vitamin E assist with skin healing, promoting cell regeneration and collagen production.
COMPOUNDSLUTEIN + ZEAXANTHIN — Are carotenoids of similar structures. They are isomers and form yellowish-orange crystals providing the color of the flowers. These compounds improve skin hydration and elasticity provide powerful antioxidant effects, furthermore, these compounds also protect the skin against the blue spectrum of light emitted from many digital devices.
FLAVONOIDS — Provide the deep golden hue plant-based antioxidants that protect the skin from free-radical damage, environmental stress, and inflammation.
FATTY ACIDS — Help to calm, clear, heal and protect the skin’s critical barrier
AMINO ACIDS — Smoothness and conditioning to the skin; Anti-inflammatory.
ISOHAMNETIN — Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
TERPENOID + LOLIOLIDE — Significant active compounds for skin conditions such as Scabies, Eczema, and Mycoses.
FARADIOL ESTERS — Anti-inflammatory
One plant two sources
We incorporate Calendula flowers, organically farmed and dried within Australia into our propriety infusion method. This captures the entire family of lipophilic compounds available in this remarkable medicinal plant. We have also sourced an Organic Supercritical whole plant Extract with high bioavailable amounts of free ester faradio (anti-inflammatory) along with beta-carotenes for antioxidant protection including that from digital devices - blue light. Read more about "How Blue Light Affects Skin" here.
/ COMPOSITION /
METHOD OF EXTRACTION: Supercritical fluid (CO2) extract
PLANT PART USED: Flowers and petals
CULTIVATION METHOD: Certified Organic, Halal and Kosher certified
INCI NOMENCLATURE: Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
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Protective effect of Calendula officinalis extract against UVB-induced oxidative stress in skin: Evaluation of reduced glutathione levels and matrix metalloproteinase secretion. Journal of ethnopharmacology
Anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor-promoting, and cytotoxic activities of constituents of marigold (Calendula officinalis) flowers.
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Review of the Use of Topical Calendula in the Prevention and Treatment of Radiotherapy-Induced Skin Reactions Joyson Kodiyanhref.
BOOK: Modern Cosmetics Ingredients of Natural Origin vol.1 A Scientific Review.