A Guide To Calendula Essential Oil and Infused Oil and Their Benefits and Uses

A Guide To Calendula Essential Oil and Infused Oil and Their Benefits and Uses | Illustration of Calendula plant

Calendula essential oil is extracted from the flower petals of the pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) and is sometimes called marigold essential oil. However, the essential oil is not common. You are much more likely to come across calendula-infused oil (also called a macerated oil), which is made by infusing the fragrance of flowers into a vegetable oil.

It's important to recognize the difference between an essential oil and an infused oil and know what you're buying. The infused oil is good for sensitive and dry skin care and sometimes used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy recipes.

Important: Do not confuse pot marigold (Calendula) with French or Mexican marigold (Tagetes). Tagetes essential oil is also available.

Basic Calendula Facts

Plant family: Asteraceae

Production: The essential oil is steam distilled or CO2 extracted from the flower petals of the Calendula officinalis plant. The flowers are delicate and difficult to steam distill.

Aroma: Musky, woody

Is calendula safe to use during pregnancy? Do not use the essential oil. You can use calendula-infused oil. Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby recommends using the infused oil as part of a cream for sore and cracked nipples.

Is calendula oil safe for children? The infused oil is safe. The essential oil is probably safe, appropriately diluted.

Cautions: When buying calendula, make sure you know whether you're getting an essential oil or an infused oil. If the bottle label indicates cold pressed or the presence of a vegetable oil, you are buying an infused oil. Unfortunately, it's a bit confusing in the marketplace and not every company is fully transparent.

Benefits and Uses Of Calendula Essential Oil


The main use for calendula is for the skin, according to aromatherapy expert Danièle Ryman. The oil is useful for very sensitive skin and to help heal acne scars. The scent is calming.

For minor wounds:

  • 3 drops Helichrysum italicum essential oil
  • 1 drop calendula essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon each: tamanu oil, coconut oil, and rosehip seed oil

Blend all ingredients in small, dark, glass bottle. Apply a little of the blend to the wound several times a day. Adapted from Ananda.

For dry, inflamed skin:

  • 1 teaspoon calendula-infused oil
  • 1 teaspoon wheatgerm oil
  • 1 teaspoon rosehip seed oil
  • 3 drops palmarosa essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Blend ingredients in dark glass bottle. Massage into skin as needed.
Source: Essential Oils: All Natural Remedies

You can also use  calendula-infused oil for after-sun skin care and as a general massage oil.

If you want to learn more about what you can do with calendula flowers, get the free ebook Things To Do With Calendula.


Photo Credit: Flower Illustration By Johann Georg Sturm, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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