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Updated: Jan 27, 2020

Calendula is a favorite, hardy annual with bright yellow or orange flowers which hold strong medicinal qualities. If picked regularly, they will bloom throughout the entire summer. The more you pick, the more they bloom. When picked, the blossoms leave a sticky resin in your hand. Frequently used as a culinary herb, it became known as the “poor man’s saffron”. Calendula flowers can be used in salads, added to soups and stews, or to omelets.

Calendula Flower
Calendula Flower

Latin Name: Calendula officinalis

Key Elements: Lymphatic & Wound Remedy

How Used: Edible (petals), Externally & Internally

Preparations: Food, infusion, tincture, oil/salve, lotion.

Parts Used: Flowers.

When to Harvest: June-September

Contains: Bitters, carotenoids, flavonoids, muscilage, resin, saponins, volitile oils, iodine (leaves).

Medicinal Uses

  • Famous wound remedy, especially swollen, hot, painful wounds with pus

  • Antiseptic

  • Cuts, abrasions, sores, wounds

  • Burns, sunburns

  • Stops bleeding

  • Heals scars

  • Soothes pain and irritation

  • Earaches

  • Toothaches

  • Decreases inflammation of sprains and swellings

  • Stings and bites

  • Cat scratches

  • Helps rebuild connective tissue

  • Excellent remedy for lymph glands swollen with lingering infections

  • Enhances immunity

  • Blood purifier

  • Bronchitis

  • Asthma

  • Old infections

  • Inflammatory digestive problems including colitis, peptic ulcers, stomach irritation, nausea

  • Liver and gall bladder cleanser

  • Enhances digestion, absorption and liver function

  • Viral hepatitis

  • Detoxifier for skin disorders such as acne and eczema, shingles, measles, chicken pox

  • Bacterial or fungal skin infections such as athlete’s foot, thrush or ringworm, diaper rash, cradle cap

  • Mouthwash for gum disease and teeth

  • Eye infections

  • Hemorrhoids and varicose veins

  • Menstrual problems

  • Fevers

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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