Calendula Infused Oil
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is also known as the common marigold. Calendula Infused Oil is produced by infusing calendula blossoms in either olive oil, sunflower seed oil or other carrier oil. The resulting Calendula Infused Oil combines the beneficial lipophilic properties of the calendula blossoms with the properties of the carrier oil that it has been infused into. For more information about infused oils and how they are made, read What are Infused Oils?.
Calendula Infused Oil is widely regarded for its use as a soothing and anti-inflammatory carrier. Due to its cost and potency, it is generally combined with other carriers or used as an ingredient in soothing balms and ointments.
Calendula Infused Oil Uses
- Broken and Varicose Veins
- Diaper Rash
As Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele advise, it's important to be absolutely sure that you are purchasing calendula infused oil that has been infused using Calendula officinalis and not any other type of marigold such as Tagetes erecta or Tagetes patula because the therapeutic benefits are inferior when using these other botanicals. For more information, see The Importance of Using Botanical Names with Essential Oils. Although the article focuses upon essential oils, the principles are the same for carrier oils.
- Len Price with Shirley Price, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage (United Kingdom: Riverhead Publishing, 2008), 224-225.
- Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele, Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Toronto ON: Robert Rose, 2014), 141-142.
Typical Method of Production for Calendula Oil
Maceration / Infusion. It is also available as a CO2 extract total.
Medium. The viscosity can vary depending on the carrier oil used to infuse the calendula.
Typically yellow, Orange or Amber in Color.
1 Year. The shelf life can vary depending on the carrier oil used to infuse the calendula.
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General Safety Information
Use caution when trying any new ingredient, including carrier oils on the skin or in the hair. Those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with nut oils, butters or other nut products. Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand.
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