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Calendula, aka pot marigold, is a wonderful annual medicinal herb

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Calendula grows best when sown directly into the garden.

It tolerates any type of soil and will grow in partial shade to full sun.

Calendula likes water, so be sure that the soil doesn’t dry out.

Use the freshly dried flower heads to make creams, salves, liniments, teas, tinctures, and oils, or add the flower heads directly to bathwater to soothe irritated skin.

Use in preparations for healing cuts, scrapes, burns, diaper rash, sores, ulcers, varicose veins, chapped skin and lips, and insect bites.

Collect the flower heads on hot, sunny days for the highest resin content, pick regularly to prevent the plants from putting energy into seed production.

Dry calendula quickly after you harvest it, and check the center of the flower for dryness.

Calendula Salve

1/4 cup dried calendula petals


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


1/8 cup grated beeswax

10 drops lavender essential oil

  • Put olive oil and calendula petals in a small crockpot and heat on low for approximately three hours.
  • Lay cheesecloth over the top of a glass measuring cup and secure with a rubber band. Slowly pour the olive oil through the cheesecloth so the petals are caught on top and the oil goes through into the measuring cup.
  • Pour strained oil into a heavy saucepan and turn the heat on low. Add the beeswax and stir occasionally until melted. Add the essential oil and stir to distribute.
  • Pour into a clean container, leaving uncovered until completely cooled.
  • Cap and label. This salve should last for a year.
  • Rub a little calendula salve on any cuts, scraps, rashes, or dry skin a few times a day.
  • For diaper rash, use after every diaper change.

Calendula compress

1 cup boiling water

Fresh or dried calendula petals

  • Pour 1 cup boiling water over fresh or dried Calendula flowers, cover, and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, strain out flowers and reserve the remaining liquid.
  • Create a compress by soaking a clean cloth in the herbal infusion and placing it on the skin.
  • This process is gentle and may be repeated several times a day.

Calendula compresses can be applied to burns, cuts, scrapes, bee stings, bug bites, inflammations, and other skin irritations.

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