Calendula cream is fast rising in popularity. And for a good reason, this marigold-looking plant packs quite a bit of a medicinal repertoire. It has been credited with everything from reducing inflammation to helping delay cell death to powerful antiviral properties. Traditionally, calendula has been packaged in all sorts of form. From suspensions to tinctures to creams to lotions, calendula has been used for a wide range of uses.
Whether you are suffering from acne, have skin inflammation, bleeding skin that just won’t heal, or constantly irritated skin, calendula might help you. Of course, most of the traditional uses ascribed to calendula are based mostly on anecdotal or traditional uses. Just like with other traditional medicines, many of the uses attributed to calendula are covered by the standard supplement or traditional medicine disclaimer of ‘no approved therapeutic claims.
Regardless, calendula cream’s medicinal claims are not all completely based on its traditional uses. There has been a study of radiology treatment patients vulnerable to mastitis that used calendula cream. In this study group, users of a 4% calendula ointment showed less Grade 2 mastitis than patients using trolamine. If this isn’t good enough news, the same patient pool reported less pain from their radiation treatments.
Calendula shows a lot of promise especially for people who have had bad luck with other creams in handling acne, itching, wounds, and inflammation. But before you rush off and pick up a tube of Calendula cream, make sure you know how to choose among the different formulations on the market. You might not get the effect you were expecting if you pick the wrong formulation.
Pay Attention To Percentage Concentration
When choosing among different creams, quickly figure out the amount of calendula in the cream you’re getting. This is important because you don’t want to compare apples to oranges by comparing creams that have different levels of calendula. Calendula is the active ingredient of the formulation. The rest of the ingredients gives the cream body and act as fillers. Regardless of whatever extra ‘freebies’ like Vitamin C are packed in the cream, your focus should be on the amount of the active ingredient in the cream. Otherwise, you might be spending your hard-earned money on a less-effective product.
Look For Extras
Once you’ve identified several calendula creams with the same concentration of the active ingredient, you should look for extras. The worst you can do is settle for a cream with just calendula and fillers. You should get more bang for your buck by looking for creams that have other medicinal compounds like Vitamin C which add its own list of benefits in addition to calendula’s.