While developing our Face Oil and Body Butter, we were looking for an ingredient that would not only create serious glow power, but also leave your skin feeling soothed, healed, and wildly happy. And that’s how Calendula made the cut, the ingredient also known as pot marigold.
Native to the Mediterranean, this herbaceous plant has a long history of encouraging optimal skin health. Ancient Eastern medicinal systems like Ayurveda and Unani used the leaves and flowers for their fever-reducing, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and even antiepileptic properties. In ancient Europe, Calendula served both culinary and medicinal purposes. It was added to salads and stews, then used to relieve common aches and pains like toothaches and headaches. Today, modern herbalists still use Calendula for the same properties to treat a wide spectrum of conditions, some of them pretty serious – think skin disorders, jaundice, muscle spasms and even the vampire-sounding purposes of blood purification.*
Clearly we’re not suggesting our skincare products can cure actual health issues – please see a doctor for that! But with benefits this powerful, we’ve seen what it can do for your skin with regular use of our Face Oil and Body Butter. If your facial complexion is prone to dullness and blemishes, calendula can be a gentler path to calmer, clearer skin than physical and chemical exfoliants. The same goes for your body, too. Calendula is also found in our Body Butter, and was included to soothe even severely dry limbs into a state of brighter, more even toned bliss. Together, these two products are a simple way to keep your largest, most external organ – your skin – as well-tended as all of your others.
Our chief science advisor, Kevin Spelman, Ph.D highlights the long history of Calendula’s use:
- It is believed that the plant Calendula was named in reference to the calendar. In some regions, Calendula blooms every month, and sometimes aligns with the New Moon.
- In the middle ages, Calendula flowers were used for liver obstructions, snake bites and to strengthen the heart.
- In the 18th century as a remedy for headaches, jaundice and red eyes.
- The plant was employed in the Civil War to treat wounds and as a remedy for measles, smallpox and jaundice.
Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP, is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicines. A past National Institutes of Health postdoctoral Fellow and Marie Curie research Fellow in the European Union, Dr. Spelman has published 27 scientific papers and six chapters and been involved in clinical work for two decades. Dr. Spelman has been an academic pioneer in professional and competent clinical herbal medicine, co-founding the first master of science degree in clinical phytotherapy and a founding faculty member of the first bachelor degree in herbal medicine. Dr. Spelman is a past advisor to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.