Latin name: Calendula officinalis
Extraction method: Calendula flowers infused in a base of Olive Oil
Storage: Keep refrigerated – Use within 6 months
(Please note: Refrigeration can help to to extend the life of all carrier oils)
Calendula oil is gentle and soothing for dry, inflamed or irritated skin, use for small wounds, acne, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, diaper rash, eczema, psoriasis or for all over skin care. Also known as pot marigold or garden marigold, it is part of the daisy family, Asteraceae, and is widely cultivated. Calendula has a long history of being used to speed recovery from skin irritation and easing abdominal cramps due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, wound healing and anti-spasmodic properties.
Note: May cause allergic reaction in those sensitive to Ragweed and related plants. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing.
Carrier oils are also known as base oils, massage oils, and fixed oils. They are extracted from various types and parts of plants, including the nuts, seeds, leaves, and flowers.
Carrier oils are used in aromatherapy to dilute essential oils to a level that is safe to use on the skin. They mainly consist of fatty acids or lipids. These fatty acids have therapeutic properties that add additional benefits to an essential oil blend.
When combining essential oils with carrier oils, follow the instruction leaflet included with each essential oil, paying attention to the safety guidelines. As with essential oils, carrier oils can be blended together to create a synergy. For example, to make a rich massage oil for dry skin, add some jojoba oil or calendula to sweet almond oil. For mature skin, add some rose hip seed oil or for wound care add some tamanu.
At Essential 3, we select what we believe to be the best carrier oils. Whenever possible, we use unrefined versions of the oils as they contain more natural constituents, including vitamins and other beneficial ingredients.