The Benefits of Calendula ft. Lyonsleaf
The vibrant golden sunset yellow-orange petals of marigold or Mary’s gold (Calendula officinalis) are both lovely to admire and beneficial for treating numerous ailments. An ancient plant that has been used since the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs, the daisy-like herbaceous perennial flower is native from southern Europe to the Middle East and North Africa; and widely used in herbal remedies due to its abundant medicinal properties, as well as an edible adornment in salads and cooked dishes.
A rich source (argued as one of the richest) of antioxidant phytochemicals including carotenoids, lycopine and lutein, calendula presents itself as a must-have in the herb cabinet. According to various scientific articles, marigold has shown to inhibit cancer tumour growth and promote white blood cell activation. Dr Jim Duke of The Herb Society of America (awesome article) also noted that these wonderful golden blooms are a natural cancer-preventative food when taken in safe, reasonable doses; as well as an effective treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, stomach upset, inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes, vulnerary uses (healing wounds), amenorrhoea, menstrual cramps and delayed periods.
As a recovering sufferer of cystic acne, I am very prone to some acne outbreaks both on my face and shoulders. I currently have a mysterious skin rash on my chest and back, along with resilient areas of very dry skin on my eyelids and forehead – so hopefully my new knowledge and recent use of calendula will make a start towards healing and restoring my skin to a healthier condition.
Calendula can be quite easily grown as they like poor, free-draining soil. The flowers can be harvested and used to make an oil infusion, which is then a base for homemade healing salves, creams and bath oils. Creating a balm or cream requires a little more time, patience and extra supplies, but I have discovered an amazing British company based in Somerset, that make and sell their own Healing Calendula Cream – saving us a few hours of kitchen alchemy! The cream is available in either 30ml or 120ml pots, and they also do gift sets; a Soothing Calendula Gift Skincare Set (includes award winning calendula cream, natural soap and a cotton face flannel) and a Complete Natural Skincare Gift Set (includes a body butter, natural soap, award-winning beauty balm and a cotton face flannel).
Lyonsleaf combine together a blend of carefully selected natural and organic ingredients including their own homegrown calendula, producing a product which is 100% free from harsh chemicals and water (in turn eliminating the requirement for artificial preservatives). The cream is therefore 100% active ingredients, making it a powerful little pot of goodness for your skin. For anyone like me that sufferers with acne, large pores or even oily skin, will have no problem with this cream as all the ingredients are non-comedogenic (non pore-blocking) – hallelujah!
Cold pressed almond oil, organic shea butter, cold pressed apricot kernel oil, calendula flower extract, cold pressed borage oil, vitamin E oil, juniper essential oil, frankincense essential oil, lavender essential oil, geranium essential oil.
Due to the blend, this cream is not recommended for those with a nut allergy or those allergic to plants in the daisy or aster family. It is also not suitable for those that are pregnant or nursing.
The Final Verdict – Amazingness!
I’ve been testing this cream for a few months now and I noticed it almost completely healed my small areas of eczema on my eyelids. It has soothed and help to heal acne outbreaks on my face and the red bumpy patches on my lower cheeks near my jawline have visibly healed by some degree and improved the skin texture which I am so happy about! I have found that it has definitely helped hydrate my skin when I have had issues with dryness and I am now starting to use it to treat the rash on my shoulders and chest – stay tuned for an update on that 🙂