How Gentle Calendula Benefits Your Kids’ Delicate Skin

February 15, 2019 3 min read

How Gentle Calendula Benefits Your Kids’ Delicate Skin

Last year, I decided to develop a nourishing skincare line for little ones out of concern and love for my patients and my kids. During my research creating the skincare line, I had the chance to study up on the science behind a range of medicinal herbs and plants. After pouring over research, Calendula officinalis ended up on the top of my list of ingredients. Why? Because there is solid scientific proof of its benefits and efficacy in babies and children’s skincare.


To give you a little background on this amazing plant, calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a flowering plant that grows naturally in western Europe, southeastern Asia, and the Mediterranean. It was first used by the Romans in the 12th century for a range of culinary and medicinal purposes. The name comes from the Latin calendae because the Romans noticed that the plant bloomed at the beginning of every month of the calendar year. Calendula can be planted nearly everywhere which makes it a very common plant in home gardens worldwide. You might notice calendula in your neighbor’s garden – the bright orange flowers and soft floral scent are an easy giveaway.

calendula flowers


The whole calendula flower, especially its green flower base, has incredible skin-soothing properties that protect + nourish. During my research, I found that calendula offers the following benefits when used in skincare:

  • Antibacterial
    The oils and acids in calendula have been shown to be effective in fighting different strains of harmful bacteria.
  • Anti-inflammatory
    Calendula protects skin cells from damage and inflammation via its flavonoids, which are plant-based antioxidants. Linoleic acid in calendula has powerful moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes calendula a great treatment for inflammatory conditions, such as diaper rash(1) and eczema.
  • Antiseptic
    Calendula is extremely rich in carotenoids, which are precursors of vitamin A. This means that once they are absorbed in the body, they become vitamin A. Carotenoids are responsible for making wounds heal faster(2)(3). This makes calendula ideal for babies and children in its ability in preventing infection from burns, cuts, and bug bites.


Luckily, it’s easy to harness the power of calendula. Below are twelve common skin concerns that calendula, with its amazing healing and medicinal properties, can help improve. You can easily use products containing this botanical herb without concern on babies, children, and even mama’s skin conditions or issues. Our Lovingly Organic Balm happens to include calendula and is an excellent option to soothe these ailments:

  1. Diaper rash
  2. Eczema
  3. Baby drooling/teething rash
  4. Heat rash
  5. Sore nipples when breastfeeding (and it’s non-toxic for babies, which makes it a win-win for new mamas and newborns!)
  6. Sores
  7. Wounds
  8. Cuts
  9. Insect bites
  10. Sunburn
  11. Chapped lips
  12. Mild (first-degree) burns

Lovingly Organic Balm

I’m proud to say after all that research, USDA-Organic Certified calendula is the star ingredient on both our Lovingly Organic Balm and Oh-So-Sudsy Cleanser. I decided to choose calendula because of the extensive scientific data that backs up its effectiveness, and along with the gentle benefits that it provides little ones’ delicate skin. I just love using these soothing products, packed with calendula, on my kids, and can’t wait for you to try them on your family.

Are there any other ways you have used calendula-based products? Please share them with me over on Instagram @drsylma. I’d love to hear your ideas!

(1) “A randomized comparative trial on the therapeutic efficacy of topical aloe vera and Calendula officinalis on diaper dermatitis in children.” (ScientificWorldJournal. 2012;2012:810234. doi: 10.1100/2012/810234. Epub 2012 Apr 19.).
(2) “In vitro studies to evaluate the wound healing properties of Calendula officinalis extracts.”, (J Ethnopharmacol. 2017 Jan 20;196:94-103. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2016.12.006. Epub 2016 Dec 10.).
(3) “Traditional wound-healing plants used in the Balkan region (Southeast Europe).” (J Ethnopharmacol. 2018 Jan 30;211:311-328. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2017.09.018. Epub 2017 Sep 21.).

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