Guarding the muscles, bones and internal organs, skin is the largest organ of the body, and life can take a toll on this outer covering every day—shaving; exposure to sun, wind and cold weather; minor burns; cuts and scrapes; rashes and insect bites, etc. One of the most versatile, frequently needed and economical finds in a natural products store to help relieve these skin irritations is Calendula.
Calendula, plant with exceptional valuees for the skin
Calendula is made from its namesake: the Garden marigold (Calendula officinalis). A native to Southern Europe and cultivated widely throughout North America, it offers more than its good looks. This flower has healing power. With its bright yellow-orange blossoms, the Garden marigold has been applied locally for centuries as a natural healing and soothing substance. Today, it is known that Calendula’s wound-healing properties are due to the presence of essential oils, saponins, flavonoids and alkaloids. These compounds have been shown to promote healing. Homeopathic preparations of the flower have been used for generations to speed the healing process. Calendula, one of the most popular homeopathic products worldwide, should be stocked everywhere, including in first aid kits, travel toiletry bags, the kitchen, the nursery, and cosmetic surgeon offices.
Calendula: active compounds
Calendula is active at different stages of the healing process for wounds and burns:
Speeds up the healing process
stimulates the regeneration of damaged or irritated skin:
- By stimulating the creation of new blood vessels
- By increasing fibroblast activity (speeding up the proliferation and the migration of fibroblasts)--> Speeding up collagen synthesis --> Shortening the phase for the reconstruction of the epithelium.