This useful herb’s botanical name is Calendula officinalis and is also known as pot marigold or garden marigold. It is commonly grown in vegetable garden and should not be confused with the ornamental marigold of the Tagetes genus. It has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations. It is an annual flower native to northern Mediterranean countries and its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar year.
The use of calendula ranges from beauty to first aid and with such a long growing season, this wonder is used in everything from lip balms to wound washes to oils. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM”>, this flower has been used for medicinal purposes since the 12th century and although native to the Mediterranean, it is now grown as an ornamental plant worldwide. Calendula is an herbal plant but can be used either fresh or dried petals, in tinctures, liquid extracts, infusions, ointments, and even creams. The shelf life is three years of storage and should be protected from light and moisture.
Benefits of Calendula Herb
Calendula has high amounts of flavonoids, which are plant metabolites that provide health benefits through cell signaling pathways and antioxidant effects. They provide anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects and appear to fight viruses and bacteria. Traditionally this plant has been used to relieve stomach upset, ulcers, menstrual cramps, and help to heal wounds faster and even increase blood flow and oxygen to the affected areas, says UMM. The herb is believed to stimulate the production of collagen at wound sites and minimize scarring.
Calendula and Hair
It is no surprise this herb is being used on hair and scalps. Calendula oil is often used to hydrate dry scalps, remove dandruff, and improve the condition of the scalp. With its regenerative properties it helps the hair follicles grow abundantly allowing for a thicker mane, and the antioxidants help protect the hair and scalp against cell-damaging free radicals. It is believed to promote stronger hair by the increase of collagen production and circulation in hair follicles. The benefits are similar to a scalp massage that increases blood circulation to the hair follicles. This plant is soothing to sensitive scalps and quite popular in hair rinses for adding shine, calming irritated scalps, and bringing out naturally warm highlights in blonde hair.
Calendula Rinse for Dry hair
- Handful of calendula
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar (ACV”> or lemon juice
Place herbs in a glass bowl and pour boiling water over the top. Add ACV or lemon juice and allow to steep covered for 15 min. Strain and allow to cool before poring over freshly shampooed hair. Style as usual.
If you are not into the DIY game, then you can easily give one of these hair products a try that possess the amazing Calendula herb in their ingredients.
- John Masters Organics Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist
- Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Sulfate-Free Shampoo
- Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Conditioner
- Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Moisturizing Hair Oil
- MYHoneyChild Systematic Deep Conditioner