Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Beautiful calendula head, paused for a pic before drying


The calendula that I planted this spring is in full bloom. I think that one of the best things about calendula, other than its medicinal properties, is that the more you pick the flowers, the more they bloom. I only planted 1 package of seeds, and every other day I can go out and pick at least 20 heads to dry. It can be a tricky thing, gauging when to pick. I know that they are in their prime when the stalk just under the head of the flower and the back side of the petals is sticky. It will leave your fingers quite sticky, so that they stick together a bit when you touch thumb to fingers.

I had never planted calendula before, so I am just so excited with the results!

Calendula other than being beautiful,like a ray of sunshine, is medicinal. If there was only one plant that I could have in my garden, it would be calendula. It is great to put in stews, soups and on salads and even in eggs. It is an all around, miracle flower.

The sticky resin that you get on your fingers when picking ripe calendula is anti-fungal. It also promotes skin healing and cell regrowth, it is anti-inflammatory by nature as well. This flower is in most of the herbal infusions I make. I love adding lavender, chamomile, calendula and neem or echinacea leaf together in sunflower or grapeseed oil for a great blend to use in a body butter or a healing salve. This is a fantastic blend to use for those with eczema or psoriasis, or for diaper rash.

I also add calendula to rose hips for a wonderful anti-scar/cell regenerating roll on oil with lavender essential oil for added anti-scar benefits.

Calendula is by far the flower that I use the most. I feel so grateful that it is so easy to grow and so prolific with its flowers



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