The Age-Old Healing Power of Calendula


Guarding your muscles, bones and internal organs, your skin is your body’s largest organ, and life takes a toll on this protective shield every day, with cuts and scrapes, burns, rashes, and constant exposure to the elements. Calendula can provide soothing relief of these skin irritations and many others.

Calendula is made from its namesake: the Garden marigold (Calendula officinalis). A native to Southern Europe and cultivated widely throughout North America, the Garden marigold has been used for centuries as a natural healing and soothing substance. Likewise, homeopathic preparations of the flower have been used safely for generations to naturally speed the healing process. Today, we know that Calendula’s wound-healing properties are due to the presence of essential oils, saponins, flavonoids and alkaloids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help skin heal.

Boiron offers three topical forms of Calendula — cream, ointment and gel — to optimize its effects on different types of skin damage. All four forms are free of fragrances, dyes and parabens, and have no medicinal smell. The cream’s light texture is designed for use on delicate and sensitive skin. Try it as a night cream or after a beauty treatment. The ointment protects and moisturizes because it stays on the skin longer. Use it for an irritation that needs to be protected like a diaper rash, wounds or small kitchen burns. Cooling and refreshing, the gel is absorbed quickly by the skin. Try it for insect bites and razor burn.

With three different topicals available, Calendula users can choose the formula that best fits their needs or texture preference. But no matter which form you choose, remember that Calendula is one of the safest medicines when used as directed for relieving skin irritation, and its active ingredient, Calendula officinalis, has centuries of healing behind it.

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

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