Calendula oil for hair: benefits and recipe for homemade masks
Calendula is a Mediterranean plant with pretty bright orange flowers (also called marigold flowers) that blooms from April to December. It does not contain lipids, which is why its oil is actually an oily macerate obtained by cold maceration of its flowers in a stable vegetable oil. This maceration lasts about a month and allows to extract all its properties.
This orange-yellow oil is very effective and rich in active ingredients. Its numerous benefits have been recognized for thousands of years. As early as antiquity, calendula oil macerate was used as a remedy for many ailments: jaundice, plague, fever, dental problems, insomnia, ulcers, eye problems, etc. In the Middle Ages, it was even prescribed to heal wounds, soothe insect bites or snake bites.
In addition to being odorless, neutral and creamy, calendula oil has many virtues, including soothing and moisturizing. Naturally rich in faradiol, it relieves inflammations and irritations. It also contains a significant amount of flavonoids, which makes it a powerful antioxidant.
Its composition rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins makes it an excellent skin and hair care product!
Table Of Contents:
- What are the benefits of calendula oil?
- What are the benefits of calendula oil on the hair?
- Calendula oil nourishes the hair fiber
- Healthy, protected hair
- A natural solution to soothe your scalp
- Calendula oil, remedy for hair loss
- How to use calendula oil for hair?
- Using calendula oil for your damaged hair or sensitive scalp.
- Using calendula oil for shiny hair
- How to make your own calendula oil?
What are the benefits of calendula oil?
The composition of calendula oil is strongly influenced by its production conditions. To ensure its quality, it is recommended to select an extra virgin oil, obtained by cold pressing, ideally of organic origin. Its natural benefits are numerous: soothing, healing, anti-oxidant but also moisturizing and softening.
Calendula oil is the number one ally of sensitive skin. It has no contraindications for daily use, even on babies' skin, from birth!
What are the benefits of calendula oil on the hair?
Calendula oil holds many properties, for the skin but also for the hair. It is suitable for all types of epidermis, even the most sensitive, especially thanks to its repairing and moisturizing properties. In other words, if your hair is damaged or your scalp itches, it will be your ideal partner!
Calendula oil nourishes the hair fiber
Knowing that good hair health depends above all on good hydration, calendula oil is widely used in hair care thanks to its intense nutritive power. The Omega 6 and 9 that it contains in large quantities are agents that will nourish the hair in depth and thus stimulate the dull and damaged hair fibers. This is why calendula oil is used in hair care products. It is a natural tonic that brings tone to dry hair to give it back all its strength and shine!
Healthy, protected hair
In addition to repairing care, calendula oil can also be used on a daily basis to keep hair healthy and protected from external aggressions related to the climate such as pollution, sun, wind, etc. It is the palmitic acid, contained in the flower of calendula (10%) which allows to form this natural defensive barrier. Your hair is thus protected, structured and easier to style! Moreover, you can perfectly combine calendula oil macerate with another oil such as castor oil for an even more accentuated nutritive effect.
A natural solution to soothe your scalp
Calendula oil has many anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its composition rich in faradiol esters as well as flavonoids. The cocktail of these two agents forms an anti-irritation and antiseptic action thus allowing to fight against the mushrooms, and thus, the itchings in order to alleviate the scalp durably.
In this way, calendula oil is also a natural anti-dandruff and antibacterial agent that allows you to relieve your scalp.
Thus, calendula oil macerate can be the perfect ally in your hair routine if you have a sensitive, dry or irritated scalp!
Calendula oil, remedy for hair loss
Hair loss is often related to the quality of hair fibers that lose strength and vigor. Calendula oil is a natural tonic that helps repair the hair intensely thanks to its essential fatty acids, giving it back its strength and thus reducing hair loss globally.
By improving the hydration of the scalp, calendula oil stimulates blood circulation to the scalp in order to protect it from irritation and promote hair growth.
In addition, thanks to its healing action (generated by arachidic acid), calendula oil macerate repairs small wounds or injuries of the scalp, which allows the regeneration of skin tissue and thus prevent hair loss.
How to use calendula oil for hair?
To note that the calendula flowers having macerated in a vegetable oil, this one will nourish the hair in depth while giving it shine. This is why paying attention to the carrier oil used for the maceration is important. The latter can influence the benefits of calendula macerate.
Here are different ways to use calendula oil for your hair:
Using calendula oil for your damaged hair or sensitive scalp.
Calendula oil macerate alone holds so many properties (soothing, anti-irritation, anti-dandruff, moisturizing) that it can be used as a treatment directly after your hair wash, for an immediate effect.
To do this, after shampooing your hair, warm the equivalent of a teaspoon of calendula oil in the palm of your hands and apply it to all your roots while massaging your scalp. Then rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water.
This treatment will not only help your hair regain its strength and vigor, but also protect your scalp from irritation and itching.
Using calendula oil for shiny hair
Looking to make your hair silky, shiny, and deeply nourished? This recipe idea is a must-try!
- 1 tablespoon of calendula oil macerate
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of camelina oil
- 1 ripe banana
Directions for use:
Mash the banana in a bowl beforehand, then add the honey and mix. Then add the camelina oil and the calendula oil macerate. Mix everything together until you obtain a perfectly homogeneous preparation.
Apply the mask section by section, from the roots to the tips, without forgetting to massage the scalp. Leave it on for at least half an hour, then rinse thoroughly with warm water before continuing your hair routine with your usual shampoo.
This mask will intensely nourish the hair fiber to repair your hair and thus make it shiny, soft and healthy!
How to make your own calendula oil?
You can also make your own calendula oil macerate at home! We give you a simple recipe for this miracle oil below:
Ingredients (dosages for a 100ml bottle):
- About 20g of dried calendula flowers (also called marigold flowers), preferably
- 100ml of organic vegetable oil such as sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, olive oil...
- An empty jar
It is best to sterilize and dry your jar with a clean cloth beforehand.
Cut the calendula flowers finely and put them in the jar. Cover them with the vegetable oil you have chosen, then close the jar with parchment paper and a rubber band.
Place the preparation in a place that gets a few hours of sunlight during the day. As it is a solar maceration, it will be done thanks to the heat, gently.
If, after 24 to 48 hours, you notice that the level of oil drops sharply, do not hesitate to add more oil to cover the flowers again.
Let the preparation macerate for at least three weeks, up to two months. We advise you to stir the preparation every day for a more concentrated maceration.
Once your maceration is finished, filter the preparation (using a clean cloth, for example, that you can wring out to extract all the oil from the flowers). You will then obtain an orange oil that you can transfer into a clean bottle (preferably sterilized).
Tip: for better conservation of the calendula oil macerate, you can add 2 to 4 drops of vitamin E (known for its conservation benefits).
Your calendula oil is ready! To be kept at room temperature between 6 and 12 months, away from heat, air, and light. To be used cutaneously only.
Sarah Deleuze is a highly skilled professional with 18 years of experience in innovation management and business development in international environments. She has a strong scientific background, with expertise in formulation chemistry, biochemistry, skin care, and cosmetics. She is an entrepreneurial and passionate individual who is motivated by the collaborative management of sustainable projects. Sarah is currently the president and co-founder of Fossette Paris and Labo Vert Indigo.