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It's a food, it's a medicine, it's a beautiful flower to grow inside in a pot or outside!
It is one of the easiest herbs to grow and a medicinal plant. It has been used for centuries, both internally and topically, to heal wounds, burns, and rashes. The sunshiny flowers are a traditional remedy for supporting the immune system
If that weren’t enough, the flower heads (which look like yellow petals) are bursting with antioxidant compounds.
The dried petals of the calendula plant are used in tinctures, ointments, and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as the minor infections they cause. Calendula also has been shown to help prevent dermatitis or skin inflammation in people with breast cancer during radiation therapy!
Grows in 98-105 days. Just lightly press 3-4 seeds into soil or broadcast directly
They grow hardy 15-18 inch tall and bushy ..perfect for indoor gardening, yet robust enough to keep outside during the long summer months. The 3-4 inch lush marigold-like bulbs atop robust stalks certain to excite any seasonal fresh cut bouquet. Tolerant and easy to grow from seed.
EVERYONE should grow this!
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For all medicinal preparations, be sure that you use the whole dried flowers, as the medicinal oils are found mostly in the resinous green bases of the flower heads. Also take care that the dried petals are bright yellow or orange, which is another indication of quality and freshness. Sometimes calendula is sold as petals only, but this is weaker medicine.
The flowers need to be picked every two to three days to promote and prolong the plant’s flowering season. If you let the plants go to seed, they will stop making new flowers. As you’re picking, be sure to deadhead the flowers that have started to go to seed.
In the summertime, whole flower heads can be frozen in ice cube trays, creating decorative ice cubes
The whole flowers can also be dried and added to soups and stews as a winter immune tonic.
Parts Used: Whole flowers. Be sure to use the entire flower head, including the green base, rather than the petals alone.
Medicinal Preparations: Tea, tincture, infused oil, salve, broth, compress, poultice, and suppositories, sitz baths
Tincture ratios and dosage: Fresh flowers 1:2 95%; dried flowers 1:6 70%. Both preparations 2–3 ml (⅖ to ⅗ teaspoon) three times a day
Infusion ratios and dosage: 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of the dried flowers infused in 1 cup (240 ml) of water three times a day; 3 to 12 grams of the dried flower a day by infusion
Vulnerary (promotes wound healing)
Emmenagogue (stimulates menstrual flow)
Cholagogue (stimulates bile)
If you'd like to get the Calendula Herbal Salve already made, I have it HERE