Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles

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Also known as:  Pot Herb, Ruddles, Common, Scotch, English or Poet’s marigold, Husbandman’s Dial, Marybud, Merrybud, Marygold, Summer’s Bride

  • Symbolizes:  grief, despair & sorrow
  • Language of Flowers meaning:  ‘thinking of you’
  • Associated with:  Sun, birth month of October, Throat and Sacral Chakra
  • Uses:  Culinary, Medicinal, Tea,  Topical Skin Products
  • Parts used:  Flowers
  • Preparation: Tea, Tinctures, Oils, Flower Essence, Soap-making, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Bathing, Shampoo, Lotions, Ointments, Infused Water, Potpourri

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Health & Wellness

Calendula is easy to grow anywhere and spreads quickly.  These are flowers that you will see growing in unusual places like between the cracks on the sidewalk or bridges.  When I began soap-making in 1995 I wasn’t growing Calendula, however I was able to pick the flowers along the sidewalks in my James Bay Community!

If a plant is that flexible and spontaneous one can bet it will be beneficial for integrating into ones lifestyle.  These flowers are resinous and well-known as a topical skin remedy for soothing rashes and wounds and is gentle enough to use in diaper rash creams and lotions.  Did you know that it is also a powerful  antioxidant and strong antiviral herb that fights candida symptoms? It is also great  support for  colds and flu’s.

Calendula has been added to creams and lotions for calming muscle cramps and soothing hemorrhoids.   Drinking Calendula Tea eases menstrual cramping, supports the lymphatic system and moves congestion through the body.

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.  Do not use if you are pregnant!

Copyright 2014 – 2020  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000