Calendula oil (Calendula officinalis) is sometimes confused with tagetes, which is also part of the marigold family. However, Calendula oil is what is classed as a macerated or infused oil, where the plant material is infused in oil, and the the botanical material then removed, leaving the oil with some of the properties of the botanical material.
A member of the Compositae family, Calendula is a herbaceous annual up to 50 cm high. The flowers are vivid orange and the stems sticky when cut. In India, which may have been the plantís country of origin, the gods and goddesses adorning the temples are crowned with wreaths of marigolds.
Calendula massage oil has great healing, soothing and softening qualities which makes it a good choice to include when mixing a massage oil or preparing a carrier oil blend.
This oil is great to help with sore, inflamed and itchy skin conditions, also for burns, eczema and nappy rash, as well as sore cracked nipples. It is also used to treat thread and spider veins as well as varicose veins.
When looking for a base oil for massaging to use when suffering from skin problems, either with or without the addition of essential oils, then consider calendula oil.
Latin Name: calendula officinalis