What is Calendula – How You Can Use It – What it Treats
John Gallagher from Learning Herbs is a great person to learn from. He is very easy to follow and easy to listen to.
He believes that everyone should have calendula around them in some way shape or form.
It has many properties but mostly is used as a healing herb for wounds, so in your first aid kit is one place that you should keep some. It is an anti inflammatory herb and works well on skin injuries and burns.
By the Romans Calens was the name of the first day of the month and so they believed it bloomed on the first day of the month and thus named it Calendula.
To show how important calendula is to him, he recants his wedding day when he got married and the bride and groom gave out 150 calendula plants to their guests. Now 15 years later they see the fruits of that gift growing all over the valley that they live in.
Calendula is orange or yellow usually and it is in the aster family like chamomile. It will have layered petals with three points. It has a smooth leaf and makes a great ornamental flower.
To pick for use, simply pull off the flower leaving the plant. It will leave sticky resin on your fingers.
The flower petals are used in medicinal herbal remedies
Provides cooling to a wound. Like in a salve or poultice, for mastitis for example.
Easy to grow from seed, likes sunny areas. Can be used dried or fresh.
Used for the following
- Cradle Cap
- Diaper rash
- Skin eruptions
- Bee Stings
- Sore eyes
- Insect bites
How you can use
- Eye Wash
- Lip balm
- Foot bath
- Sun Tea
- Petals in a salad
Filed under: Healing Herbs
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