Calendula oil when applied topically has anti-inflammatory qualities that can prevent infection of minor skin wounds, it can also reduce itching and swelling of insect bites and rashes and is soothing to sunburns, and minor burns. Calendula oil is wonderful for skin that is severely chapped or split. The oil soothes the cracked area and makes it less painful. Calendula oil is used for chapped skin and lips, scrapes, gashes, insect stings and bites, eczema. Excellent for healing leg ulcers, varicose veins and bed sores.