Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Components: Also known as Pot Marigold, calendula produces bright yellow and orange flowers that bloom from late spring through fall.
Overview: One of the best herbs for treating local skin problems, calendula has strong anti-inflammatory properties via plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage. Due to powerful antimicrobial and antiviral effects, it can be used externally to treat wounds, bruises, and strains. The extract of calendula flowers has been shown to calm muscle spasms and ease menstruation. Calendula powder in beauty products can treat acne, shrink varicose veins, heal inflammation and soften skin.
Uses: Can be taken orally, but it’s usually applied topically. The dried flowers can be used in teas, tinctures, or infused oils. Powder can be added to soaps, lotions, toners, lip balm or other beauty products to soothe skin. Calendula tea can be used as a hair rinse to bring out natural highlights.