Calendula officinalis or the flowers of the Marigold as it is popularly known and from which Calendula Absolute Oil is extracted is taken only from the flowers using a food grade solvent whereas the commercial oil is obtained from the whole plant, including the seeds.
The Common Marigold is familiar to everyone, with its pale-green leaves and golden orange flowers. It is said to be in bloom on the calends of every month, hence its Latin name, and one of the names by which it is known in Italy – fiore d’ogni mese – countenances this derivation. It was not named after the Virgin, its name being a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon merso-meargealla, the Marsh Marigold. Old English authors called it Golds or Ruddes. It was, however, later associated with the Virgin Mary, and in the seventeenth century with Queen Mary.
Traditional Uses for Calendula Absolute Oil:-
A soothing oil used in creams, oils, and powders for babies. Skin fresheners, hair preparations, lotions, suntan gels, greasy skin. It is especially good as a remedy for the itchiness and discomfort of psoriasis and eczema although this oil is mainly used in the highest quality perfumes.
Calendula Absolute Oil has been considered beneficial in reducing inflammation, wound healing, and used as an antiseptic.