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Eliminate Sore, Itchy and Inflamed Scalp Issues with Calendula Oil

This calendula oil recipe for the scalp will help eliminate sore, itchy, and inflamed areas. Healthy long hair starts with a healthy scalp.

My mum used calendula oil on my sisters and me whenever we had rashes when we were kids.

The oil was amazingly effective and within a few days, all rashes were gone.

It never occurred to me that calendula oil could be used on the scalp with the same results until I started researching it a few weeks ago.

I’ve included a recipe card at the end for you to print and keep on hand when you’re ready to try out this recipe. 

What is Calendula Oil?

Calendula oil is derived from the flower tops of the marigold or pot marigold flower by distillation. Calendula oil is sticky with a texture similar to castor oil.

Calendula oil has a strong smell and some people might find it unappealing but you can mask this by mixing it with a little olive oil or suitable essential oil.

The botanical name for calendula oil is Calendula officinalis and this is likely how it would be labeled on beauty products.

Benefits of calendula oil for scalp issues. A guide for best uses and the best brands of calendula oil

Benefits of Calendula Oil for the Scalp

1. Anti-inflammatory and Anti-bacterial Properties

Calendula flower oil has great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which makes it ideal for scalp issues.

Some of the scalp issues it can help with include eczema, itchiness, flaky, dandruff, sore, psoriasis, dermatitis, and inflamed areas.

With regular application, you can expect a significant improvement, if not total elimination, of symptoms within a few weeks.

2. Regenerative Properties

Calendula oil has regenerative properties that will provide an ideal environment for healthier hair follicles leading to better hair growth.

When using calendula oil for the scalp, be sure to use the scalp massage method for the best results.

How To Use Calendula Oil for Hair

  • Mix calendula oil with olive oil.
  • Part your hair into manageable sections and pin-up with butterfly clamps.
  • Takedown each section and apply calendula oil
  • Once your whole scalp area is covered, start massaging your scalp until the oil is absorbed.
  • Apply 2 – 3 times a week at bedtime. There is no need to heat up the oil or wash it off. If you have an oily scalp, use it twice a week and wash with a mild shampoo the next morning.

Calendula Flower Tea Rinse

You can make herbal tea rinse out of the flowers, which can be used to enhance hair color. This would work best with blonde or brunette hair.

If you have different hair color, definitely do a strand test before applying it to your entire head.

This is covered in greater detail in Tea Rinsing Secrets for Healthy Hair Care and Growth.

Eating Calendula Flowers

The fiery yellow and orange petals can be used in salads or as a replacement for saffron, which is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern and Asian cooking.

You can buy dried organic calendula flowers and use them in cooking. A good brand is Feel Good Organics Calendula Flowers.

feel good organics calendula flowers

Feel Good Organics Calendula Flowers

Where Can I Purchase Calendula Oil?

Eminence Calendula OilEminence Calendula Oil

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Piping Rock Calendula Oil

You can purchase calendula oil or you can make your own. It’s easy and inexpensive.

I’ve broken down the 3 popular methods for this at How to DIY Calendula Flower Oil.

Calendula oil has been known to stimulate collagen production.

When applied to wounds ASAP, it can help minimize scarring. It can also assist with stretch marks.

This study explored wound healing when calendula oil is used with positive results.

Is Calendula Oil Good for Hair Growth?

Scalp issues hinder healthy hair growth so incorporating oils such as calendula oil and lemongrass oil will help eliminate scalp issues hindering hair growth.

For oils more focused on promoting hair growth, have a look at the hair loss archives for the best oils for hair growth.

How to Grow Your Hair Healthy and Long with Natural Oils

Interested in learning more about natural oils and how to use them for specific purposes to achieve optimal length and health?

Have a look at How to Grow Your Hair Healthy and Long with Natural Oils.

It’s a comprehensive guide about natural oils and available in Kindle and paperback format. Subscribers get up to 20% off. Check it out HERE.

Hair Products with Calendula Oil and/or Extract

How to use calendula oil for scalo issues

How To Use Calendula Oil for Scalp Issues

Yield: 1 4oz bottle
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Simple

This calendula oil for scalp recipe will help eliminate annoying issues like irritation, inflammation, dandruff, dryness and more.


  1. Open the bottle and measure in the calendula oil and olive oil.
  2. Close and shake then add the lavender essential oil. Close and shake again.
  3. When you're ready to use, section your hair and pin up each section with butterfly clamps.
  4. Takedown each section and apply calendula oil mix lightly to your scalp with your fingers.
  5. Once your whole scalp area is covered, start massaging your scalp until the oil is absorbed.
  6. Apply 2 – 3 times a week at bedtime. There is no need to heat up the oil or wash it off. If you have an oily scalp, use it twice a week and wash out with a mild shampoo the next morning.
    How to use calendula oil for scalo issues


  • Other oils you can try with this recipe apart from olive oil include clear castor oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil.
  • Do not overuse calendula oil. Overuse will irritate your scalp.

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