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Calendula

Calendula officinalis

Calendula, commonly referred to as “pot marigold” is an easy to grow self-seeding annual.  Many ancient cultures such as the Hindus, Egyptians, Arabs, and Greeks utilized this  herb for its potent healing properties.  For that reason we use it liberally in our Calendula Soap.

This sunny little flower is native to Mediterranean countries and belongs to the same family as daisies, chrysanthemums, and ragweed. Calendula multiple flowersThe plants branching stems grow to approximately 24 inches and are topped by 2-3 inch flowers in multiple shades of orange and yellow. With its bright and sunny flower heads that literally follow the sun’s path, it is no wonder that Calendula is linked to the astrological summer sign of Leo.

It can be easily grown in almost any soil as long as it doesn’t become waterlogged.  Choose a sunny spot and keep the plants deadheaded.

Medicinally, this herb is most commonly prepared into tinctures, extracts, and salves and used topically to treat a multitude of skin ailments including excema, diaper rash, burns, and abrasions. Below you will find an easy recipe that utilizes this amazing plant.

Solar Infused Calendula Oil Recipe

Pack a pint or quart jar full with fresh picked Calendula petals. Fill jar with olive oil and screw on tight fitting lid. Place in a protected location with full sun for approximately one week. Strain the oil and place in a sanitized glass jar. Store in a dark location. The oil can be used by itself to treat burns, scrapes, diaper rash, and scars or it can be added to your favorite lotion or salve recipe.

Calendula flower

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