Most of us prefer natural treatments compared to synthesized and otherwise altered substances. To be fair, many miracles of modern medicine are a result of condensing the potent parts of flowers and other plants into pills. However, the closer we can get to the actual organic origin of medicinal power, the better. With every step toward artificial tweaking of the modern age, the less we know about the long-term health effects on humans.
Skincare is a part of healthcare where proximity to nature and avoiding chemicals matters more than others. The sensitivity of skin is a blessing but also a bit of a curse, requiring gentle approaches to many skin health concerns. If the base level is one where nature meets skincare, this means we’ve arrived at the seemingly common marigold flower. The skincare benefits of marigolds have been noted by societies going back to antiquity. These benefits have been noted by experts in modern medicine as well.
To highlight this surprising fact about the common marigold flower, we decided to chase down the most noteworthy skincare benefits associated with the plant. While this list is by no means comprehensive, and it doesn’t even cover additional, non-skin related health benefits of marigolds, it does address the positive results which science can’t deny.
Here are the ways in which it helps with skincare:
Annoying, unsightly, but ultimately benign, skin tags are bound to show up on just about everyone at some point or another. The main active ingredient found in a leading skin tag remover is calendula officinalis. Want to take a guess on what that’s the scientific name for? You got it: the marigold flower.
Cuts, scrapes, burns, and bruises
Historically speaking, the most common skincare use of marigolds has been in the topical treatment of minor injuries. Ointments, creams, and other agents containing calendula officinalis have been shown to promote faster healing of wounds. They also seem to help ward off infections associated with minor skin injuries.
The proverbial pain in the you know where, hemorrhoids are a pesky nuisance to experience at any point in life, but especially when you’re busy with a nine to five and raising a family. Fortunately for sufferers, using marigold derived ointments has been linked with the more successful treatment options out there.
The common rash has a natural foe in the form of calendula-based treatments. This includes diaper rash, allowing parents to utilize the power of marigolds to help their babies feel better faster. Studies have also seen positive results in the use of calendula in reducing skin inflammation seen in patients receiving radiation therapy for cancer.
When given an option, most folks will probably prefer a natural approach to healthcare than something synthetic – all things being equal. Fortunately for men and women concerned about natural remedies for common skincare problems, the solution is found in the seemingly ordinary marigold. Its noted benefits – only recently being documented by science – are likely just the beginning of a long list of confirmed health benefits of this far from ordinary flower.