What is Calendula besides a cute yellow flower? It is part of the marigold family of flowers and the botanical name is Calendula officinalis. The picture above is some of the cute yellow flowers I picked from my flower bed. The stems are a little sticky, but the flowers are cute enough, I don’t mind. Yes, I like yellow flowers… especially sunflowers, but maybe I am biased to the Kansas state flower! 😀
Calendula flowers have been known for their antiseptic properties. They can be used to treat thrush, candida, skin problems, eczema, wounds, rashes, diaper rash, acne, fungal issues, sore nipples, burns, cancer, ulcers, varicose veins, toothaches, cradle cap on infants, bruises, sprains, as a deodorant, improve lymphatic flow, headaches and many many other things. Mrs. Weaver has many good testimonies in her book Back Yard Pharmacy. I highly recommend her book! Click the link under resources for more information.
The petals can be used and you can make salve, tinctures, tea, oil, lip balm, shampoo and I am sure there are more uses!
Here is a link to some recipes you can make with calendula. I have the ingredients for the salve and dried some petals from my flowers I grew last year. I plan to make this salve next week!
2) Herb Wisdom