So far on this page, we’ve discussed some fairly common essential oils, like lavender, lemon, and peppermint. But have you ever heard of calendula? It may sound like the name of a Roman emperor or a Harry Potter spell, but it’s actually a type of marigold with golden yellow flowers. The scientific name for this plant is calendula officinalis, and you may see the essential oil labelled as such. Let’s find out with calendula is all about.
Uses of Calendula Essential Oil
- Calendula has a long history in herbal healing. This oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s an important ingredient in many burn treatments and can help the wounds heal, as well as reduce and eliminate scarring.
- Calendula essential oil is used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions. It can be used to make soothing creams for rashes and bug bites, as well as dermatological conditions like dermatitis or psoriasis. It helps reduce acne and the accompanying scarring on your face and back.
- It may be used to treat diaper rash. Parents should consult a doctor first, though, to make sure it’s safe for their baby. Calendula oil is typically quite gentle and soothing, but in certain individuals it may cause allergic reactions.
- Calendula oil has antifungal properties. You can create an ointment for jock itch or athlete’s foot using a few drops of this essential oil and a carrier oil.
- Many toothpastes and mouthwashes contain calendula essential oil because of its powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It may help prevent cavities and other oral health problems.
Where to Buy Calendula Essential Oil
Calendula essential oil can be slightly more difficult to find than some other essential oils. Some popular essential oil brands, like Doterra, do not currently sell a calendula oil. However, it can be found in some health stores and online via Amazon. It’s easy to mistake chamomile for calendula because they have similar flowers., so be sure to look for 100% pure calendula essential oil listed on the packaging.
How to Make Calendula Essential Oil
Due to availability issues and the desire for a truly pure oil, some people choose to make their own calendula oil at home. Homemade calendula essential oil is safe if you use sterilized tools and containers. Various recipes to make calendula essential oil are available online, and most call for a glass jar, wilted calendula flowers, and a carrier oil, like olive or coconut oil. You place the ingredients in the glass jar and wait for a few weeks for the oil to absorb the calendula essence. The jar should be shaken a few times a day and, when it’s ready, the oil should be strained and stored in a clean container.