Tuesday’s All About: Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

08a3f3d45f0f001515e2af9b19bde3e4I’m in the process of constructing my own, personal herbal Materia Medica (an encyclopedia of herbs and their properties) and I wanted to share some of the beautiful properties of Calendula. She’s better known to us as Marigold, full of vibrant orange, red and yellow hues.

Some of her healing properties include:

-The ability to break a fever (febrifuge)
-Soothes stomach ulcers
-Relieves menstrual cramps
-Softens varicose veins
-Fights eruptive skin diseases
-Soothes burns and bug bites
-Promotes healing of open wounds
-Relieves pain and discomfort of earaches
-Promotes peace and healing
-Relieves itching

Traditional Use

Internal. If using internally as a tea, steep 1 heaping tablespoon of dried calendula in 1 cup of freshly boiled water for 3 minutes. Take 1 cup daily.

External. You can use a tea of calendula and make a simple compress to put on burns, bug bites, or the abdominal area to relieve menstrual cramps. Make a tea as mentioned above, but let it cool completely. Apply wherever needed.

Interactions/Side Effects

This beautiful flower is free of toxic effects and is often added in salads, soups, and stews.

If you would like more information on how to incorporate wonderful calendula into your healing regimen, never hesitate to contact me at courtneycherae@gmail.com or leave a comment below!



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