Calendula oil benefits
I have already covered dermatitis and skin care products for people on chemotherapy. Both of these articles mentioned calendula, I thought it would be beneficial to discuss Calendula oil benefits in this post.
Calendula oil comes from the Calendula plant. You may hear them referred to as pot marigold, this plant is different than the margold that is commmin in the United Sattes. It is an annual which means it has to be planted every year. Calendula Petals can be eaten, you may see them used in cooking oils.
Calendula officinalis is the type most commonly variety used for healing skin. Calendula has flavonoids and polyphenols which can act as antioxidants. The level of flavonoids will differ depending on the time of harvest. The triterpenoids present in calendula have anti-inflammatory effects.
It may have some sun protective benefits as it is an antioxidant but it should not be substituted for an SPF of 30 or greater.
Calendula has been associated with an improvement in collagen synthesis in the sub-epidermal connective tissue. Reference Fonseca YM, Catini CD, Vicentini FT, et al. Efficacy of marigold extract-loaded formulations against UV-induced oxidative stress. J Pharm Sci. 2011 Jun;100(6):2182-93.)
Calendula Oil benefits -Diaper Rash
According to WebMD, “In addition to keeping the area clean and dry some research suggests that applying a 1.5% calendula ointment to the skin for 10 days improves diaper rash compared to aloe gel.”
The Mayo Clinic mentions, “A study comparing aloe vera and calendula in the treatment of diaper rash in children found each to be an effective treatment of diaper rash.”
Weleda Diaper Care Cream with Calendula 2.8oz
Calendula Oil benefits -radiation dermatitis
According to Memorial Sloan Kettering, “Calendula ointment applied to the skin reduced painful swelling and irritation associated with radiation therapy in breast cancer patients.”
Calendula is recommended by some radiation oncologists to help reduce dermatitis secondary to radiation as there is some support in the literature to support the use of Calendula in patients who have radiation dermatitis. One of the most popular ointments on the market is Miaderm. Miaderm Radiation Relief 4 Oz. which includes Calendula, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. This lotion was developed by a radiation oncologist to help reduce the side effects of radiation treatments. It comes with lidocaine (to help decrease the pain) Miaderm-L Radiation Relief Lotion with 4% Lidocaine 4 Oz
McQuestion, M. Evidence-based skin care management in radiation therapy. Semin.Oncol Nurs 2006;22(3):163-173. View abstract.
McQuestion, M. Evidence-based skin care management in radiation therapy: clinical update. Semin.Oncol.Nurs. 2011;27(2):e1-17.
Kumar, S., Juresic, E., Barton, M., and Shafiq, J. Management of skin toxicity during radiation therapy: a review of the evidence. J.Med.Imaging Radiat.Oncol. 2010;54(3):264-279. View abstract.
An article published in Antioxidants concluded, “Calendula appears to be a safe topical therapy in the treatment and prevention of radiation induced skin-toxicity, however the evidence for its use remains weak. Its efficacy compared to other therapies is, however, still in question given the conflicting data reported in previous studies. ”
Reference Kodiyan J, Amber KT. A Review of the Use of Topical Calendula in the Prevention and Treatment of Radiotherapy-Induced Skin Reactions. Georgakilas AG, ed. Antioxidants. 2015;4(2):293-303. doi:10.3390/antiox4020293.
Calendula has also been used in wound healing.
According to Memorial Sloan Kettering, “Laboratory and animal studies show that calendula, when applied to the skin, has anti-inflammatory properties, and reduces burn tissue injury in animals. However, studies have not been undertaken to determine if this corresponds to faster healing of burns and scalds. Also, clinical studies in humans have not been performed.”
According to WebMD,
- “Leg ulcers. Early research shows that applying a 7.5% calendula ointment to the skin speeds up the healing of leg ulcers caused by poor blood circulation.
- “Early research suggests that that applying calendula to the affected area may reduce pain in people with anal tears who do not respond to treatment with sitz baths”.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of calendula for these uses.
You can make you own calendula oil or you can buy it. If you do not like oil salves are also a great way to mositurize the skin. Organic Manuka Honey Eczema Cream, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Dermatitis and Rashes, Gentle for Babies & Children, Provides Instant & Lasting Relief for Severely Dry, Cracked, Itchy, Red & Irritated Skin
I sell Calendula oil, it contains apricot oil or olive oil and a small amount of vitamin E to help preserve it. It comes in a roller bottle for easy application with less mess than a dropper bottle. I use it under my eyes and any place where I need to moisturize the skin. Just a small amount of oil comes out and it is absorbed quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy feel.
Concerns with Calendula use
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
There is not enough reliable information about the safety of using calendula if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Calendula is a plant, there is a risk of allergies. A patch test should always be performed when first using a new product.
Interaction with medications
If taken orally there may be an interaction with sedative medications.