I am asked most of the time, today even, "What can I use for sensitive skin, skin prone to breakouts acne, eczema, rashes?". This is never a hard question for me to answer due to my personal issues with eczema and breakouts. In my opinion the go to will always be Calendula. Whether it is in a soap, oil, cream, or salve. It matters not how I get my hands on it, as long as I can get it in my hands and on my skin, hahaha.
At one point in time my eczema on my leg was so bad it turned black and the itch was unbearable. I had to get cream with steroids from the Doctor to help reel it in. If you know me well, you know I am not a big fan of medicines. I would rather try a natural remedy first and then continue from there. So you know it had to be really bad for me to get a prescription. Then and there I decided I would do better.
As I began my search, I ran across Sarah Nagel of Holistic Habits on YouTube, a woman who became the start to my rabbit hole of inspiration. When she mentioned Calendula and all of the ways it could be used, I instantly knew I had to order TONS of the herb and get cracking on my skin. The first thing I did was infuse a large container for 4 weeks and used that on my skin 2 to 3 times daily. My skin has been much better since I started this process 2 years ago. I have not figured out stopping the breakouts but that would be lovely in itself hahaha.
*Pictured is the first Calendula set I created for myself. Infused Oil, Herbal Body Scrub, Scrub, Tub Melt, and Lotion Bar. All Infused with Calendula
So, now let's talk, Calendula and how we use it in Boundless Creations today. We infuse our Calendula in varying oils for at least 3-4 weeks. Once the oil has been sufficiently infused over time, we use that particular oil in whatever recipe. My favorites at this time and the ones I keep on shelf are Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Infused Grapeseed Oil. Grapeseed Oil is noticeably lighter on the skin and each is better over some months than others. It also widely depends on the person using the product and how their skin likes specific oils as well. We use those infused oils in our soaps as well. We have gone as far as infusing the distilled water for the soap with calendula or other herbs to give it that extra oomph.
Boundless Creations Updated & Improved Calendula Soap Recipe
The infusion with oils for use on skin, is known to plump the surface of the skin while protecting your skin with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Also, using Calendula on your scalp can stimulate the roots or hair follicles and is known to help with hair fall. Applying directly to hair can leave a shine while protecting your beautiful hair throughout the day. A true powerhouse in its own right.
This herb has many great properties that have been studied and used widely for medicinal purposes. Calendula can be taken orally (teas), as well as used topically for varying issues. It has been known to help with healing wounds, is known for its anti-aging properties, is used in combat of tumors, and is also known for its antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. That is just to name a very few out of a long list of helpful components of Calendula.
Due to my love of herbs, my daughter started her own business using natural herbs in her creation of Teas. She researches the ingredients and is dead on to our needs.
Simply TeaLicious All Time Tea - Calendula, Hibiscus, and Lavender
*Calendula is gentle to the skin, which we love, but if you have allergies towards plants that are in the Asteraceae/ Composite, this plant should be avoided, as it is part of that family.
*We make no claims as we are not physicians, and you should talk to a physician before changing any routines.
We are not affiliated with Holistic Habits in any way shape or form and are not sponsored for mentioning her name or YouTube.