It is always wonderful to start dreaming of the summer and flowers. The bright yellow and orange glooming herbal calendula flower is a familiar flower from utility gardens and is even used in cooking as a “poor man’s saffron”. The Herbal Calendula has also been an important basic medicinal plant in traditional medicine in many cultures, because of its antiseptic and skin repairing properties. The original name “Marigold” comes from Virgin Mary, when it became an integral part of the English prescription medicine used in the fight against the plague in the 15th century.
3 Benefits of using Calendula
- Antiseptic Properties
Calendula has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties, for which reason it has been used already in the Middle Ages i.a. as a wound ointment mixed with tallow. It has been used throughout history for treatment of eczema and small ulcers. In addition its anti-inflammatory properties, calendula-based products are also very popular in the treatment of acne and atopic skin.
2. Skin Protecting Properties
Calendula is rich in antioxidants, which help remove free radicals from the skin that can cause premature ageing. It also contains a lot of tocopherols, i.e. vitamin E, which has wonderful skin softening properties. In addition some preliminary studies indicate that linoleum acids in calendula oil may help with sun-induced skin from ageing.
3. Anti-aging Effects
Calendula, as can be deducted from the colour, is rich in carotenoids that help the skin look younger. Carotenoids are also naturally present on the outer surface of the skin, protecting and giving the skin a healthy beautiful glow. Studies show that calendula extract could stimulate collagen production, which is important for the natural regeneration of the skin, so for those who want to brighten their complexion and get back the skin’s youthful glow, the use of calendula based creams may be very helpful.
The Making of Kolme Cosmetics Calendula Cream
In the Kolme Cosmetics utility garden Calendula Orange King is sown each year, which is a particularly herbaceous variety. The seeds are collected in the autumn, and sown again at the beginning of the next growing season. Below a picture from last summer’s garden plantation. Wish it was summer already!
After harvest the flowers are dried and immersed in almond oil, where the extract gradually turns glowing golden yellow as the lovely natural active ingredients, carotenoids, essential oils and vitamins are extracted into the oil. The Calendula extract is whipped into unrefined shea butter and grape seed oil, resulting in a soft moisturising and skin-smoothing Calendula Cream for the face. Grape seed oil is known in skin care as a so-called “light oil” and makes the cream easily absorbed and reduces the oiliness of the cream.
Finally Kolme Cosmetics Face Cream is canned in a brown pharmacy glass jar and wrapped in unbleached tissue paper. The product wrapper acts as a seal for the fresh product and also replaces the need for packing materials in shipments. The cream does not contain preservatives or added fragrances and lasts long after opening as long as you take care of good hand hygiene and always take the cream with dry hands. Calendula cream works great together with mineral-containing facial soap. Try it and you’ll see and order it from the online store!/web shop
Are there any Risks in using Calendula?
Calendula is generally a safe and well tolerated herb, but it should be avoided if you are allergic to Aster or Mycorrhizal plants. Our Calendula Cream can safely be used by children and when pregnant. Do you have any questions regarding Kolme Cosmetics Calendula Cream or would you like to leave a comment on your user experience? I greatly value all kinds of feedback. I am also happy to answer other questions related to skin care and I will give you tips for setting up your own flower garden. Please leave a comment.
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