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Natural Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula
1/5/2010 9:52:51 AM

In the middle of January in New York, when it’s freezing cold and the days are short, it makes me warm and happy to imagine fields of bright orange calendula growing in our Biodynamic gardens in Germany, in summer. For centuries, calendula has been known for its healing properties. It’s also been called Marigold, Holigold and Mary Bud—vivid names that attest to the positive experiences people have had with this incredible plant. Scientific studies have shown that calendula—especially the blossoms—contain active ingredients that are anti-inflammatory, helping to heal irritated and even wounded skin.

Every year we sow our calendula on a different field, because this is a demanding plant that needs very rich, rested soil in order to grow healthy. It is often planted where clover had previously been grown, because clover and other legumes enrich the soil with important nutrients like nitrogen. Early every morning in summer, Michael Straub, manager of our Medicinal Plant Garden in Wetzgau, Germany, walks through the fields, checking the quality of the plants. In July, if the calendula flowers have opened with the sun, and the morning dew has dried, the harvest begins.

We harvest more than 3,500 bounds of biodynamic calendula blossoms every year from our gardens for use in our Calendula Baby Care line. While the products are formulated with babies’ sensitive skin in mind, they are really beneficial for adults whose skin needs a little TLC, too. I like to apply our Calendula Face Cream during the winter, before turning in for the night. When I wake up, my skin always feels soft and looks clear and healthy, with no sign of the redness and dryness that New York’s bitter cold and windy weather always leave behind.

What about you? Do you have any Weleda tricks that keep your skin moisturized and healthy during the winter? If so, we'd love to hear them! 

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