Essential Care Calendula Cream
Essential Care Calendula cream is a soft version of a salve much like the standard creams one would find in an early twentieth century apothecary. Essential Care is prepared from the infusion of fresh herbs and essential oils in olive oil. Ingredients in order of predominance are: Olive oil, calendula, borage and mallow root, beeswax, and essential oils of lavender, carrot and chamomile.The herbs and essential oils in this cream are mildly stimulating and astringent, toning, nourishing, antibacterial and antifungal, and highly anti-inflammatory. Calendula is the predominant ingredient with good reason, for its long history of use worldwide given its antioxidant potential and free radicle scavenging bioactive compounds. In a recent study conducted in Romania in the Biochemistry and Phytotechny departments at Banat University, researchers found solid evidence of C. officinalis ability to "treat various skin ulcerations, exzema and conjunctivitis, and internally to soothe pain arising from stomach ulcers and inflammation" (Butnariu, M. & Coradini, C. 2012).
Essential oil of carrot seed is a well known skin care agent found in many cosmaceuticals, excellent for revitalizing dry and aged skin and general toning for all skin types. Some have found carrot to be exceptionally beneficial for use in cases of eczema. This may be attributed to eczema caused by fungal infections. In a series of studies conducted at the Institute of Chemistry (Opole, Poland) and the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Biotechchemistry & Biotechnology (Wroclaw, Poland), two constituents in carrot seed oil, Carotol and Daucol, demonstrated consistant and significant antifungal activity against pathogenic fungi.
The species of chamomile used, commonly known as Ormenis mixta, is the Moroccan chamomile Chamaemelum mixtum high in terpene alcohols, limonene, some sequiterpenes and azulenes, therefore highly anti-inflammatory. Kurt Shnaubelt recommends this species of chamomile for "sunburn and other skin irritations and says it's a must for ameliorating allergic reactions" (Everyday Aromatherapy).
We recommend this cream for daily use on normal skin after washing or bathing. It has a small amount of beeswax to solidify it enough to keep it on the skin for slower penetration of dry areas. Due to the high levels of organic ingredients this cream will be completely absorbed by the skin and will not leave a greasy residue.
Customer Testimonials:Hi Jayne, Happy New Year! The essential care calendula skin cream is incredible. In the cold and raw Maine weather we are using it on our faces before and after we go out to walk the dog and to ski. And we often use it as a body cream too. It is perhaps the finest skin care product (and the most versatile one) that we have used. We love the yarrow liniment as well. So glad that I discovered Lakon Herbals and that you offer these wonderful products. Regards, Brenda January 11th 2009