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Herbal Profile: Calendula

Danielle June 16, 2017
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By Danielle, contributing writer

What is Calendula?

Calendula is an edible plant, also called a pot marigold, of the asteraceae family. It is typically yellow or orange in color, and greatly resembles its family member, the marigold. Calendula is very mild, and can be used on the elderly and infants. It has a mild, flowery taste, and is even used in soups and salads.

Calendula has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can even limit candida growth. It’s been used for centuries for skin irritations and stomach issues. But, calendula has many uses and can be used in many recipes.

Do not consume calendula if you are pregnant or nursing.

7 Everyday Uses for Calendula

  1. Antiviral properties. The flower petals of calendula have many antiviral properties, but it has also been showing to help with bacteria and yeast infections as well.
  2. Skin smoother.  Whip up a soothing balm ( recipe below!) for burns, scrapes, and pains. Calendula has been used for skin issues for hundreds of years.
  3. Help with muscle spasms. A study has shown that an extract from the flower petals of calendula can help smoothe muscle spasms. If you suffer from muscle spasms, whip up the recipe for calendula tincture below.
  4. Aid menstrual and menopausal issues. The antioxidants and flavonoids in calendula may help with PMS, menstrual cramps, moodiness and the temperature changes of menopause. Brew some tea with calendula flower petals daily to keep these symptoms at bay.
  5. Limit allergy symptoms. Calendula tea may help soothe itchiness in eyes and on skin.
  6. Stomach soother. Calendula has long been used to comfort the stomach, as well as to treat ulcers. Try calendula tea daily for stomach issues.
  7. Antiseptic mouth rinse. The antiseptic properties in calendula make it a great oral cleanser. Brew up calendula tea a few times a week, and keep refrigerated to use as a mouth wash.

Calendula Soothing Balm Recipe

  • Ingredients
  • – 1 tablspoon of beeswax
  • – 1 tablespoon of shea butter
  • – 3 tablespoons of organic, cold pressed coconut oil
  • – 1/2 cup of almond, sunflower, or olive oil
  • – 2 teaspoons of dried calendula petals

 

Instructions
Infuse the calendula petals into the almond, sunflower or olive oil by placing both over low heat in a sauce pan, or allowing to sit in a sunny spot for 1-2 weeks in a glass jar.

Drain the petal out of the infused oil. Place the infused oil in a warm sauce pan on low heat. Add the other ingredients, and stir until the beeswax totally dissolves. Place entire mixture into a mason or other glass jar. Keep in a dark, dry place. Keep for 6 months in a dry place.

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Calendula Tincture Recipe

  • Ingredients
    – 2 teaspoons of calendula petals
  • – 1/2 cup of vodka

 

Instructions
Mix the vodka and calendula in a clear glass container (like a mason jar). Place in a dry spot for 1-2 weeks. Drain the petals, and place the infused vodka into a glass container with dropper. Keep for 1-2 months in a dark, dry spot.

Calendula is a mild flower that has been used for millenia for many everyday health uses. Keep the dried flower petals on hand in your natural medicine cabinet and integrate some of these uses into your daily life for improved health.

How have you used calendula?

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Danielle was born and always will be a farm girl, searching for God’s natural truths in an unnatural world. She’s a doula, health coach, natural health activist, and currently obtaining her naturorthopathic doctorate degree. When she isn’t reading about holistic healing, you will likely find her chasing a sweet little boy or a small flock of rebellious chickens in the Midwest mud.
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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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