The use of calendula for skin care ranges from beauty to first aid applications. Calendula is used in many products from lip balms, tinctures, wound washes and oils. Generally, the flowers are recommended for use, though research has shown medicinal properties in the leaves as well.
Calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or with every new moon. You may know calendula by it’s other common name, “pot marigold.” The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and the flowers are used to honor her during Catholic events. Calendula has historically been used as a food, adding flavor to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads for their brilliant color. Throughout history calendula has been used to treat, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections of the skin.