When the dry skin on your scalp, elbows, and knees is driving you crazy, you might opt for buttery cream and salves, but our go-to for ultra-flakey skin is a potent oil-infusion that penetrates deeply to nourish and hydrate at the foundational level: calendula oil.
With its sunny hue, pleasantly light fragrance, and intense hydrating properties, luxurious calendula-infused oil adds a soothing touch to any holistic skincare routine as it goes right to work replenishing your skin.
You May Be Wondering...What Exactly Is Calendula Oil?
Calendula is an edible flower that grows on the Calendula officinalis plant. It’s native to Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean, and these striking flower petals range from a vibrant yellow to a deep, rich orange. They’ve been valued throughout history for their medicinal and sacred properties, so what’s the secret?
These flowers aren’t just beautiful and healthy to eat—applied topically, they deeply hydrate, nourish, and beautify the skin. Rich in antioxidants like lutein and beta-carotene, linoleic acid, calendic acid, and terpenes, this flower oil does not disappoint.
You can find calendula oil in its pure, extremely sticky form of flower resin or you can opt for a lovely calendula oil infusion, which is our absolute favorite way to apply it because it leaves your skin silky smooth. Sadly though, not every product out there actually contains much calendula—and some may be made with synthetic ingredients that are harmful to your skin and your health.
When shopping for calendula oil, look for a high quality infusion like Valentia’s that’s made from only organic calendula petals and sunflower oil (as opposed to olive or coconut oil), and that’s cruelty-free, ethically sourced, and doesn’t contain any preservatives, GMOs, artificial colors, parabens, sulfates, or other dangerous additives. It’s also a good idea to look for dark amber glass packaging to keep your oil fresh for up to three years.
Our Favorite Ways to Use Calendula Oil
Treating dry skin is just one reason to utilize calendula oil, but there are many other benefits it can offer your skin. For example, it can help:
1. Moisturize face and body: Calendula oil makes a great nighttime moisturizer, or you can smooth it on under sunscreen during the day for healthy hydration and softness.
2. Soothe sensitive skin: Calendula is chock full of antioxidants to help sensitive skin feel great.1 Just work this luxurious amber oil into arms, legs, hands, and feet to keep skin comfortable all year round.2
3. Condition hair and scalp: Massage a small amount directly into damp hair, or add a few drops to your regular shampoo and conditioner for shiny, manageable tresses.
4. Reveal your ageless beauty: Calendula gently hydrates and encourages healthy, firm skin at any age.3
5. Support baby’s healthy skin: Smooth on during diaper changes to keep babies feeling comfortable and fresh.4
6. Hydrate and soften lips: Apply calendula infused oil directly to lips or mix into other lip balms to keep your smile moist and kissable.
Take Things to the Next Level With This DIY Whipped Calendula Butter
While calendula oil is already heavenly all on its own, it also pairs well with others as an ingredient in all kinds of DIY skincare projects. Substitute it for almost any oil listed in your favorite skin and hair care recipes, or get your calendula creativity started with this fragrant body butter:
Dreamy Whipped Calendula Body Butter
• 1 cup calendula oil
• 4 tablespoons organic beeswax
• 5 drops lavender essential oil
• 3 drops frankincense essential oil
• 1 cup water (room temperature)
• Tins or jars sufficient to hold two cups of body butter
1. In the top of a double boiler, gently heat calendula oil and beeswax until beeswax melts into the oil.
2. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils.
3. Pour mixture into a warm blender. (Run blender container under hot tap water until it feels very warm to the touch.)
4. Cover blender and begin to process the mixture at medium to high speed.
5. While blending, gradually add the room temperature water through the opening in the blender cover.
6. Process until blended and buttery, scraping down the sides of the blender as necessary.
7. Transfer mixture to jars or tins and cover tightly.
8. Allow body butter to set for at least four hours before using, and store in a cool, dark place.
Calendula oil drizzles a bit of sunny warmth into even the dreariest of days as it softly reveals your natural beauty. Whether you use it on its own or as a part of your own original creations, the colorful calendula flower will help you blossom more fully into your gorgeously unique potential.
1. Alnuqaydan, A. M., & Lenehan, C. E. (2015). Calendula officinalis Extracts Protect against H2O2 Induced Chromosome Damage on HacaT Human Skin Cells. Journal of Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesisc, 06(06). doi:10.4172/2157-2518.1000245
2. Kodiyan, J., & Amber, K. (2015). A Review of the Use of Topical Calendula in the Prevention and Treatment of Radiotherapy-Induced Skin Reactions. Antioxidants, 4(2), 293-303. doi:10.3390/antiox4020293
3. Akhtar N, Zaman SU, Khan BA, Amir MN, Ebrahimzadeh MA. (2011). Calendula extract: effects on mechanical parameters of human skin. Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica, 68(5):693-701.
4. Sharifi-Heris, Z., Farahani, L. A., Haghani, H., Abdoli-Oskouee, S., & Hasanpoor-Azghady, S. B. (2018). Comparison the effects of topical application of olive and calendula ointments on Children's diaper dermatitis: A triple-blind randomized clinical trial. Dermatologic Therapy, e12731. doi:10.1111/dth.12731