Calendula is one of the most widely used herbs for relieving an upset stomach, ulcers, menstrual cramps and is known for having anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effects.
“Calendula officinalis” is also known as the pot marigold and while both are members of the vast Asteraceae tribe, they have very little in common with the familiar French marigold. This plant has been a part of human civilization for perhaps thousands of years. The ancient Romans were definitely acquainted with the plant and other civilizations around the Mediterranean were familiar with it as well. Chances are, this area was most likely where it originated, however its popularity has spread it around the world and we can not be positive where the first plants grew.
A boutique soap and cosmetic maker charges upwards of $40 per bottle of skin toner made from calendula extract. You can make this at home. The most helpful use of calendula is as a tincture made from leaves or flowers, used as soak for poultices to help heal wounds. It is a great natural antibacterial agent.
The calendula flower or flowering herb is an annual which will readily reseed. Too much care can result in stunted or slow growth. Poor to average, well draining soil and only occasional watering after plants are established is the secret to growing prolific calendula plants.
Plant seeds early spring onward or start them indoors and set out the sturdy seedlings. You can start them indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date for extra early blooms. Choose a sunny site. The more sun, the better. Soil needs to be moderate-rich and drain well. Calendula will tolerate poor conditions but perform better when it has nourishing soil. Once established, they do not need any extra fertilizing or feeding.
Preserving And Storing Calendula For Long Term Use
Drying Calendula is the most common way to preserve the medicinal properties of the flower. Not to mention, harvesting and preserving Calendula during the spring and summer, when the flowers are in abundance, will help keep your costs low throughout the year. Take a look at this helpful article on preserving and using Calendula flowers.
Physicians have used this herb all across the globe for relieving an upset stomach, ulcers, and menstrual cramps. It also possesses anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effects. Calendula contains huge amounts of flavonoids and antioxidants that prevent the cell damage caused due to free radicals. It counteracts viruses, inflammation and bacteria.
Calendula speeds up the healing process of wounds, supplies flow of oxygen and blood to all parts. It helps to maintain the firmness of the skin and also hydrates it. You can use the petals (dried) in ointments, tinctures and washes. It prevents skin inflammation and dermatitis. It has a huge amount of flavonoids which provides anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Here is some more info on the best health benefits that Calendula provides.