Information on Calendula oil (Calendula officinalis) – macerated oil
This oil is sometimes incorrectly confused with tagetes, which is also part of the marigold family.
This oil is what is classed as a macerated or infused oil, where the plant material is infused in a fatty oil, and the botanical material then removed, leaving the fatty oil with some of the properties of the botanical material. An extract of Calendula officinalis is also sometimes mixed into a suitable carrier oil.
Calendula Macerated Oil has great anti-inflammatory properties and vulnerary properties, making it excellent for help with stubborn wounds, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, bruises, rashes, eczema etc.
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.
Calendula Macerated 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.
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 Macerated Oil.
With the maceration extraction method, the flowers are soaked in hot oil to have their cell membranes ruptured and the hot oil then absorbs the essence. The oil is then cleared of the botanical and decanted. This step is sometimes skipped and a suitable carrier oil is infused with an extract of the botanical material.