Other: marigold, pot marigold
Calendula officinalis L.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Calendula is a well-known herb and garden plant that has been used topically, ceremonially, and as a dye. It is also used as a companion plant in many vegetable gardens. This is an edible flower used in teas, tinctures, and various other recipes. Used in home crafted skin care products it helps with dry skin.
This is a self sowing, annual that will come back year after year once you establish it in your garden. It is a member of the Asteraceae family and produces a daisy-like flower with orange or yellow petals and pale green leaves. Though it can now be found through out the world it was originally native to Europe, the Mediterranean, and Middle East.
Cultivation and Harvesting
There is no need to start this plant in a green house it has simple requirements and does well as part of a garden or a pot. Simple spread the seeds or mix with other wildflower seeds and cover lightly with soil. They require full sun and well draining soil. They bloom from early summer and until early fall. Mid summer is the best time for harvesting flower to dry. The middle of the day when the resins are high and the dew has evaporated, clip the flowers just below their base. Place them on a screen to dry, avoid high temperatures and direct sunlight when drying to keep the bright colors.
- Infused Oil
- Skin Care
- Salads and other dishes (was once known as the poor mans saffron)
- Anti-inflammatory to skin and mucosa
- Lymphagogue (moves lymph)
- Vulnerary (promotes healing of damaged tissue)
- Emmenagogue (stimulates menstrual flow)
- Cholagogue (stimulates bile)
- Gastrointestinal: Purported to help with gastrointestinal disorders and discomfort. Use as a tea.
- Lymphatic: Used for various infections of the respiratory system and localized infections. Also used to boost immunity by stimulating the lymphatic system. Use as a tea or topical salve.
- Gums and mouth: Make a tea to gargle with for sore throats, periodontal disease, inflamed gums.
- Emmenagogue: May help to stimulate menstrual flow.
- Topical applications: rashes, stings, wounds, burns, sunburns, abrasions, swellings, eczema, acne, surgical wounds, scrapes, chicken pox, cold sores.
If you have a known allergy to other members of the Asteraceae family such as feverfew, chamomile, or Echinacea species be cautious when using calendula.
Always consult with a qualified healthcare practioner before using herbal products. If you are pregnant, nursing or have medical conditions and are on prescribed medications this is essential.
This information is for educational purposes only not to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. None of this information has been evaluated by the FDA.