Calendula flowers are one of my favorite to grow as well as one of my favorite herbs to use in natural skin care recipes. They are delicate, yet very effective and they are a beautiful addition to a garden.
What is Calendula?
According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
Calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or with every new moon. The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and the flowers are used to honor her during Catholic events. The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century calendula was used to color cheese. Calendula has historically been used as a food, adding flavor to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads for their brilliant color. As recently as 70 years ago, American physicians used calendula to treat amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections of the skin.
However, this herbal flower is not just known for its beauty:
Calendula creams and washes are still used to disinfect minor wounds and to treat infections of the skin. The antibacterial and immunostimulant properties of the plant make it extremely useful in treating slow-healing cuts and cuts in people who have compromised immune systems. The herb stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites and minimizes scarring. Gargling calendula water may ease sore throat. Because of the vivid and brilliant color of calendula, it was thought to possess powers for the protection and benefit of humans… An often overlooked application of this herb is the treatment of post-mastectomy lymphedema. The herb will not reduce swelling, but it will reduce pain.
These properties make calendula is also known for its ability to brighten skin and protect from blemishes.
How to Use Calendula
I always keep Calendula around the house for its many uses! I infuse it into most of the oils I use to make:
- Homemade Lotion
- Homemade Lotion bars
- Healing Salve
- In baby care recipes like diaper cream and baby powder
- Even in Natural Herbal Hair Color recipes!
It is generally considered safe and can be used in teas, tinctures, creams, salves and poultices/compresses.
Where to Get Calendula
The best and least expensive option is to grow it yourself during the summer, but if that isn’t an option, it can be ordered online here.
Have you ever used Calendula? How did you use it? Share below!