Calendula oil: Benefits and contraindications
The calendula oil, as its name suggests, it is extracted from the plant of the same name. It is a plant that has a few features flowers in color between yellow and orange and that sprout in spring and summer. Among the properties of calendula oil is included that of being an effective painkiller. Let’s see, further, what are its uses, benefits and contraindications.
Calendula contains, among others, triterpenes, flavonoids, polysaccharides, carotenoids, phytosterols and salicylic acid. These active ingredients are also found in the oil extracted from the plant, known for its emollient and soothing effect. Calendula oil can be used to rehydrate the skin dry and chapped, reddened and sensitive. In these cases, calendula oil is also suitable for application to the skin of children and the elderly.
For women, in addition, an extra benefit, because this oil is a good ally to improve the tone and elasticity to the skin, including the face. Often the stress of everyday life and environmental factors (pollution, smoke snuff…) affect the health of the skin, appearing more dull and lackluster. Calendula oil is ideal to give a new life to the skin and is useful in cases of mild acne. In cases of severe acne, before use it is best to consult a dermatologist.
Uses and contraindications
Calendula oil can be used alone or mixed with moisturizer usual for the night, getting to give the skin a new luminosity to alleviate dullness. This oil is very good for the neck and chest.
Breastfeeding women can also use calendula oil to prevent and treat cracks, as well as to hydrate the delicate skin of a baby. Regarding contraindications, it should be noted that in case of severe, skin disorders such as acne or dermatitis, you should consult earlier the dermatologist.
How to prepare it
Calendula oil can also be prepared at home from flowers. For this, we need 100 grams of dried marigold flowers to mix in a pint of sweet almond oil. We put the calendula in a glass jar with a lid that closes well, cover the flowers with oil and close the bottle well. Shake the bottle once a day and leave the bottle for a month. At the end of this time, strain the oil with the help of a fabric thin and should be stored in a dark glass bottle.