Calendula has an orange/yellow flower that is part of the daisy family. It is a short-lived perennial that won’t survive a cold winter. It likes partial to full sun and is quite prolific. Even though it is a perennial, it is self seeding so, if the original plant dies, new plants will sprout up from the seeds every year. The Medicinal History of Calendula goes back as far as 11th Century Germany. The Early European Herbalists used for helping to heal mouth sores and gingivitis. Internally as a hot infusion tea, Calendula was used for supporting ulcerations of the stomach or intestines, draining lymph nodes, increasing bile flow, and lowering cholesterol. Topically, Calendula was also used for fungal infections of the skin, bruises, strained muscles, and cleaning wounds.
History and Folklore:
Calendula is a diminutive of the Latin word for calendar and references the flower’s tendency to bloom every day of the year, weather permitting. It is believed to have originated in Egypt and has been in use for over 5000 years.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the flower, including the lower parts of the blossom when the flowers are at their peak.
Do not use if pregnant or nursing.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Vulnerary, Emmenagogue, Lymphatic, Anti-fungal, Astringent
Pot Marigold, English Marigold, Scottish Marigold
Tincture Ingredients: Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
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