Carrier Oil: Calendula
- Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
- Family: Asteraceae
- Extraction Method: Infusion of Calendula flowers in a carrier oil, such as olive oil or sunflower oil.
- Plant Part: Flowers
- Origin: Native to Europe and Asia
Appearance and Aroma:
- Color: Yellow to orange
- Consistency: Smooth and lightweight
- Aroma: Mild, floral, and slightly herbal
Properties and Characteristics:
- Texture: Calendula oil has a light and non-greasy texture.
- Nutritional Profile: The oil contains the beneficial properties of calendula flowers, including anti-inflammatory, soothing, and skin-healing properties.
- Shelf Life: The shelf life of calendula oil depends on the carrier oil used. Typically, it can last up to 1 to 2 years when stored properly in a cool, dark place.
Uses and Benefits:
- Skin Care: Calendula oil is widely used in skincare products for its calming and soothing effects. It helps promote skin healing, reduce inflammation, and alleviate dry or irritated skin. It can be used in creams, balms, salves, and oils.
- Baby Care: Calendula oil is gentle and safe for use on babies' delicate skin. It can help soothe diaper rash, cradle cap, and other skin irritations.
- Massage Oil: Calendula-infused oil is often used in massage oils for its relaxing and skin-nourishing properties.
- Minor Wound Care: Calendula oil can be applied topically to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns to support the healing process.
- Calendula oil is generally safe for topical use. However, it's advisable to perform a patch test before applying it to larger areas of the skin.
- If you have any known allergies to plants in the Asteraceae family, consult a healthcare professional before using calendula oil.
Note: This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a healthcare professional or certified aromatherapist for personalized advice and guidance.