Article - Calendula (Pot Marigold)Common Name: CALENDULA, POT MARIGOLD, ENGLISH MARIGOLD
Scientific Name: Calendula officinalis
Calendula is a hardy annual and an old fashioned winter flowering
herb with large orange or yellow daisy-like single or double flowers. It is sensitive
to rising temperature, so in this country grows best in the cooler months of the
year. Plant Calendula , in autumn, in any type of soil in a sunny position. It grows
well in containers and is a good companion plant for other herbs like basil, and
vegetables such as cabbage, celery, potatoes and radish. To encourage continuous
flowering, deadhead regularly. Excessive dampness results in mildew on the leaves.
If this is observed remove these parts and destroy - by burning or burying the foliage,
to prevent the disease from spreading.
Calendula leaves have a mild aromatic scent when crushed.
The flowers are harvested and the petals, only, are dried, for use during summer months.
Calendula has been widely used in Arab and Indian cultures as a medicine, food colorant and cosmetic. In medieval times the flowers were considered an emblem of love.
Just gazing at the sunny orange flowers was thought to cheer the spirit.
The old people always said that open flowers forecast a fine day ahead !
Calendula is astringent, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, stimulates bile production, mildly estrogenic and is a menstrual regulator.
Prepare a tea with Calendula petals
For External Use
as a skin healer. It remedies a wide range of skin problems like eczema, cuts, gazes, slow healing wounds, dry skin, inflamed skin, including minor burns, sunburn and fungal conditions like athletes foot, thrush and ringworm.
it has an anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic effect.
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You will need: 1 teaspoon dried petals or 3 teaspoons fresh petals to 1 cup boiling water
Place the herbs in a container with a lid. Pour the boiling (just of the boil) water over the herbs.
Cover and stand for 5-15 minutes. Strain. Add sugar or honey if necessary.
Use as a drink, taking 1, 2 or 3 cups daily, hot or cold (per advice of the doctor or herbalist).
Make enough for one day only. Do not stand overnight to use the next day.
Calendula bath vinegar
Break off a leaf and drop the sap onto the skin every day until the problem disappears.
For Culinary Use:
Calendula petals have a slightly peppery taste and can be sprinkled fresh or dried on/in salads, and cooked in soups, casseroles and pastas. Use them to make a natural gold colorouring in butter and omelet's, and add to any baked items like cakes, scones and biscuits.
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