Calendula officinalis known as Marigold is one of the most useful medicinal plants that anyone can have growing in their garden. This easily grown cottage garden annual gives continual blossoms well into Autumn. This year we are about a month behind in all plant growth so we are still harvesting Calendula flower heads every week and will be well into October.
We dry much of our Calendula flowers to add into tea mixes for any kind of inflammation of the digestive system including gastritis, peptic ulceration and inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's.
Herbal teas are one of the best ways to treat skin conditions and Calendula flower is excellent in these mixes for cleansing the skin by stimulating the lymphatic system and bringing down inflammation. We make Calendula oil for external application for burns, cuts and wounds. Calendula's vulnerary action to heal the skin externally and also mucosa internally is possibly it's greatest attribute. We advise people to use Calendula oil neat or we also to add it into ointments and creams we make up specifically for conditions like varicose ulcers, athletes foot and acne.
Calendula tea also makes a fantastic anti-inflammatory wash for eye infections.
The properties of Calendula go on and on. It has antibacterial and antifungal effects internally and externally making it useful in combination with other herbs for candida, mouth ulcers and H pylori.
These are just a few of the many uses of Calendula flowers. We tincture, dry and make different oils from our Calendula for use in clinic. If you have Calendula growing simple eating the flowers regularly in your salad or drinking them as a tea is using it medicinally and will bring benefits. Calendula officinalis is from the Asteraceae family to which some people have a sensitivity. If you know you are sensitive to Echinacea, Ragwort, Milk Thistle or Sunflower you should avoid Calendula. This plant also affects the menstrual cycle and therefore should be avoided in medicinal doses in pregnancy.
Roan is now a seasoned flower harvester always happy to help us in the garden... especially when he can munch on his favourites like Calendula while he works!