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Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula

by Corrie Bradley
02/24/20

Calendula, also known as “field marigold" and "pot marigold”, has been celebrated for centuries for its medical, culinary, and daily uses. Astrologically, Calendula was believed to imbue its user with protective powers. While Calendula originated in Southern Mediterranean Europe, it is now cultivated around the world.

This bright flower is one of nature's best-known skin allies, and was trusted and utilized by Greek, Roman, and East Indian cultures to treat ailments as early as the 12th century. During the American Civil War and World War I, Calendula petals were so effective at healing that they were utilized to dress wounds. Calendula heals, soothes, and softens, making it perfect for your most sensitive tissues.

Calendula has a long tradition of use in skincare due to it’s soothing, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. A well-known anti-inflammatory, Calendula is also used widely in herbal practice to treat menstrual cramps and soothe irritated tissue. If you look through your medicine cabinet, we’ll bet that you find Calendula as a component of a variety of healing products.

Calendula is also known for its incredible ability to heal skin. Calendula’s propensity to hydrate and nourish dry skin is what makes it particularly effective in Lark’s Nourish and Romp formulas. Even sensitive skin loves Calendula, and we know as well as anyone that our intimate areas are especially delicate and deserve some extra TLC. 

We are awed by the magic that plants carry, and we love to share the powerful alchemy that the natural world holds by creating formulas made of this magic.

 

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Cetkovic GS, Djilas SM, Canadanovic-Brunet JM, Tumbas VT. Antioxidant properties of marigold extracts. Food Res Int. 2004;37:643–50.

Kasiram K, Sakharkar P, Patil A. Antifungal activity of Calendula officinalis. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2000;62:464–6.

Passalacqua NG, Guarrera PM, De Fine G. Contribution to the knowledge of the folk plant medicine in Calabria region (Southern Italy) Fitoterapia. 2007;78:52–68.

Safdar W, Majeed H, Naveed I, Kayani WK, Ahmed H, Hussain S, et al. Pharmacognostical study of the medicinal plant Calendula officinalis L. (family Compositae) Int J Cell Mol Biol. 2010;1:108–16.

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