The winter weather can negatively affect the skin. Hands and lips can especially suffer, feeling dry and chapped, so need extra care in the the cold and windy weather. Annoying as this is, there is a golden flower that can come to the rescue, the calendula flower (calendula officinalis), also known as marigold.
CALENDULA FLOWER (CALENDULA OFFICINALIS)
The calendula flower originates from the northern parts of the mediterranean. The wonderful properties of flower can be kept by drying the petals and transferring them to a carrier oil like sunflower or olive oil for a few weeks. The resulting infused oil can be used to make salves, creams, lip balms, shampoos and soaps which can aid in skin healing.
BENEFITS OF CALENDULA OIL
- Calendula oil is known to have disinfectant and antibacterial properties hence known to aid in wound healing.
- Calendula’s gentle effect on skin helps calm the redness of babies nappy rash and helps get rid of cradle cap.
- According to the University of Maryland medical centre Calendula (Calendula officials) can also be used to treat external minor burns.
USES FOR CALENDULA OIL
Add 10% calendula-infused oil to 90% sunflower oil.
- The above oil can be used a skin moisturiser for the family.
- For baby’s cradle-cap: massage above infusion into baby’s scalp, wait a few minutes, comb through, and rinse
- Add a few drops of calendula oil to your natural hand cream, and use liberally to combat the effects of harsh weather
Using organic oils is preferred, as these are grown without chemicals. Calendula oil should not be used directly on the body but it should be diluted in carrier oil at a 10% concentration.
A skin test should always be done on a small patch of skin to check for allergies.
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