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PREPARATION OF MEDICINAL SOAP USING THE PETALS EXTRACT OF CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (MARIGOLD)

Komal Sharma*

Abstract

A local herb known as marigold or its scientific name Calendula officinalis has been used extensively in traditional treatment due to its medicinal properties. Marigold since ages have been used to treat irritated skin troubles like burns, wounds and rashes. Marigold contains many potent anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that treat infections, decrease swelling, improve blood flow, reduce muscle spasming, slow down effects of free radical damage/aging, etc. These include flavanoids, polysaccharides, linoleic acid, carotenoids and triterpenes. In this study, marigold petals extract was used in producing herbal marigold soap as a remedy for curing skin problems. The herbal marigold soap was made by blending aloe vera gel, gram flour, turmeric and marigold aqueous extract in which marigold has been used to treat inflammation, redness and dryness, aloe vera gel is a natural antiseptic which soothes any kind of skin of inflammation, turmeric is a quite beneficial to those suffering from acne and gram flour is used in the removal of dead skin cells which leads to skin rejuvenation. The result imply that herbal marigold soap is suitable for human skin and can be a therapeutic alternative to skin problems.

Keywords: Calendula officinalis, Herbal soap, Skin problems.


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