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Why You Should Plant Calendula This Spring

beth May 7, 2013
Why You Should Plant Calendula This SpringImage by blumenbiene

While planting our garden this summer there were quite a few plants on my list that I wanted to be sure to get into the ground – top of that list was calendula. This beautiful flower has proven again and again in our household that it has wonderful healing powers. Your may also know calendula as marigold.

Common Uses

Cuts, Burns, Bruises 

It is thought that calendula is so effective treating wounds because it increases blood flow to the wounded area – helping the body to repair itself. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that help keep the wound from getting infection. It is most commonly made into tinctures, ointments, and creams, compresses, and washes to treat the wounds.

Acne

Due to calendula’s anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties many use it to treat acne. You will actually notice that it is an ingredient in many store bought acne medications. It commonly lowers the redness that is commonly associated with a breakout while helping to clean out pores to prevent future ones. Calendula is thought to aid in skin cell regeneration which contributes to lessening the appearance of past acne scars (and other scars in general).

Cancer Treatment Side Effects 

Currently, there have been many studies on the use of calendula to ease side effects of cancer treatment such as radiation. Recently, research suggest that calendula is effective in the “prevention of acute dermatitis during irradiation for breast cancer” – another great benefit of it’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Another study was done with the use of a calendula mouth rinse to treat and prevent cases of oropharyngeal mucositis for head and neck cancer patients recieving radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. The study found the “mouthwash significantly decreased the intensity of OM compared to placebo”.

Is It Hard To Grow?

Calendula is actually a rather easy plant to grow. I have started to from a seed with much success in the past. There are many reputable places where you can get high quality seeds at a good price. However, make sure you are getting Calendula officinalis.

I have planted calendula in both pots and directly in the soil with much success. Typically I plant it in simi-shade but it also does well in full sun. I live in the deep south where temperatures are warm early so I typically lay my seeds in early spring along with my spring garden. Do some research in what the best growing times are where you live.

Thankfully, Calendula enjoys being watered so as long as you don’t drown it (sound like I’ve done that to a few plants?) then maintenance is rather low. Harvesting this plant is easy! It is important to harvest this plant regularly to keep it in good supply. Simply harvest the flower-heads which will force the plant to produce more buds. You can easily have plenty to work with fresh and then dry some for later months!

Calendula is a simple, versatile plant that gives you a wide array of healing options and a pretty picture for your garden. I’m not sure what I enjoy more – the beauty of the flower or it’s many uses. Maybe both!

Grab Your Seeds!

So grab your seeds and start planting! (assuming it’s warm enough where you are that is.)

For Seeds

Local Harvest

Amazon 

For Flowers

Don’t have time to grow your own? You can grab some from:

Bulk Herb Store

Mountain Rose Herbs 

Do You Grow Calendula? What Is Your Favorite Use?

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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