Instructions: Gently rinse blossoms and air dry for a day. Place in a glass jar and pour sweet almond oil on top. Seal with a lid. Shake once a day for four weeks. After four weeks, strain out blossoms using cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Add Vitamin E oil and lavender to the strained oil. Store in a sealed amber glass container for up to one year. Apply the calendula wound serum to wounds, dry skin, and to prevent scaring.
Calendula improved skin elasticity, tightness, and hydration. From: Akhtar, N., Zaman, S. U., Khan, B. A., Amir, M. N., & Ebrahimzadeh, M. A. (2011). Calendula extract: effects on mechanical parameters of human skin. Acta Pol. Pharm, 68(5), 693-701.
Phenolic acids, flavonoids, sterols, terpenoids, and triterpenes are all compounds contained in C. officianalis with antioxidant and free radical reducing capabilities. From: Alnuqaydan, A. M., Lenehan, C. E., Hughes, R. R., & Sanderson, B. J. (2015). Extracts from Calendula officinalis offer in vitro protection against H2O2 induced oxidative stress cell killing of human skin cells. Phytotherapy Research, 29(1), 120-124.
In folk medicine, calendula has been used for topical wound healing and inflammation. From: Arora, D., Rani, A., & Sharma, A. (2013). A review on phytochemistry and ethnopharmacological aspects of genus Calendula. Pharmacognosy reviews, 7(14), 179.
Topical application of C. officinalis can provide protection from oxidative stress and photo damage, healing damaged skin, and improved anti-aging. From: Bernatoniene, J., Masteikova, R., Davalgiene, J., Peciura, R., Gauryliene, R., Bernatoniene, R., … & Muselik, J. (2011). Topical application of Calendula officinalis (L.): Formulation and evaluation of hydrophilic cream with antioxidant activity. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 5(6), 868-877.
Flavonoids are antimicrobial and antioxidant, to help the skin fight infection. From: Butnariu, M., & Coradini, C. Z. (2012). Evaluation of biologically active compounds from Calendula officinalis flowers using spectrophotometry. Chemistry Central Journal, 6(1), 1.
The author indicated the constituents acting as antioxidants in marigold are its carotenoids and flavonoids. From: Ćetković, G. S., Djilas, S. M., Čanadanović-Brunet, J. M., & Tumbas, V. T. (2004). Antioxidant properties of marigold extracts. Food Research International, 37(7), 643-650.
Wound healing was accelerated among patients with venous leg ulcers who used an ointment with C. officinalis. From: Duran, V., Matic, M., Jovanovć, M., Mimica, N., Gajinov, Z., Poljacki, M., & Boza, P. (2004). Results of the clinical examination of an ointment with marigold (Calendula officinalis) extract in the treatment of venous leg ulcers. International journal of tissue reactions, 27(3), 101-106.
The author(s) conducted a study demonstrating the potential for C. officinalis against skin UV irradiation induced oxidative stress. From: Fonseca, Y. M., Catini, C. D., Vicentini, F. T., Nomizo, A., Gerlach, R. F., & Fonseca, M. J. V. (2010). Protective effect of Calendula officinalis extract against UVB-induced oxidative stress in skin: Evaluation of reduced glutathione levels and matrix metalloproteinase secretion. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 127(3), 596-601.
The study demonstrated improved wound healing in rats with a blend of Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wart) and Calendula arvensis. From: Lavagna, S. M., Secci, D., Chimenti, P., Bonsignore, L., Ottaviani, A., & Bizzarri, B. (2001). Efficacy of Hypericum and Calendula oils in the epithelial reconstruction of surgical wounds in childbirth with caesarean section. Il Farmaco, 56(5), 451-453.
Women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer showed improved healing of acute dermatitis with the use of 20% fresh marigold in petroleum jelly compared to trolamine. From: Pommier, P., Gomez, F., Sunyach, M. P., D’hombres, A., Carrie, C., & Montbarbon, X. (2004). Phase III randomized trial of Calendula officinalis compared with trolamine for the prevention of acute dermatitis during irradiation for breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 22(8), 1447-1453.
The plant demonstrated anti-inflammatory and wound healing activity. From: Preethi, K. C., & Kuttan, R. (2009). Wound healing activity of flower extract of Calendula offlcinalis. Journal of basic and clinical physiology and pharmacology, 20(1), 73-80.
A combination of Cassia tora, Calendula officinalis, and Momordica charantia was antibacterial in treating psoriasis. From: Roopashree, T. S., Dang, R., Rani, R. S., & Narendra, C. (2008). Antibacterial activity of antipsoriatic herbs: Cassia tora, Momordica charantia and Calendula officinalis. International Journal of Applied research in Natural products, 1(3), 20-28.
Creams with rosemary and marigold reduced irritation contact dermatitis. From: Fuchs, S. M., Schliemann-Willers, S., Fischer, T. W., & Elsner, P. (2005). Protective effects of different marigold (Calendula officinalis L.) and rosemary cream preparations against sodium-lauryl-sulfate-induced irritant contact dermatitis. Skin pharmacology and physiology, 18(4), 195-200.
Calendula and its faradiol constituent demonstrated topical anti-inflammatory activity. From: Della Loggia, R., Tubaro, A., Sosa, S., Becker, H., & Isaac, O. (1994). The role of triterpenoids in the topical anti-inflammatory activity of Calendula officinalis flowers. Planta medica, 60(06), 516-520.
A supplement of beta carotene was protective against UV skin damage in humans. From: Heinrich, U., Gärtner, C., Wiebusch, M., Eichler, O., Sies, H., Tronnier, H., & Stahl, W. (2003). Supplementation with β-carotene or a similar amount of mixed carotenoids protects humans from UV-induced erythema. The Journal of nutrition, 133(1), 98-101.
A randomized comparative trial of 60 infants showed that a treatment with aloe vera and calendula was safe and effective in treating diaper rash. From: Panahi Y, Sharif MR, Sharif A, et al. A randomized comparative trial on the therapeutic efficacy of topical aloe vera and Calendula officinalis on diaper dermatitis in children. ScientificWorldJournal. 2012;2012:810234.
Patients had reduced inflammation level, ulcer size, healing time, and pain from recurrent aphthous ulcerations. From: Altaei, D. T. (2012). Topical lavender oil for the treatment of recurrent aphthous ulceration. American journal of dentistry, 25(1), 39-43.
This study suggested using lavender essential oil instead of Povidone-iodine topically for episiotomy wound care. From: Vakilian, K., Atarha, M., Bekhradi, R., & Chaman, R. (2011). Healing advantages of lavender essential oil during episiotomy recovery: a clinical trial. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 17(1), 50-53.