Calendula: Versatile Healing Herb

One of my favorite herbs to grow.

The Herb Society of America Blog

By Beth Schreibman-Gehring, Chairman of Education for The Western Reserve Herb Society unit of The Herb Society of America

image1My first memory of the bright calendula flower (Calendula officinalis) was the cheerful patch that my first riding teacher — a tiny, feisty Irish woman who was more fairy than folk — grew in her garden. Everything had a purpose in her tiny stable yard and she grew calendula to macerate into vegetable oil for therapeutic purposes. We used this healing oil when our ponies got scrapes, burns, or skin rashes. She explained that it prevents infection and soothes irritated skin. It definitely seemed to stop the bleeding if there was any and the affected areas would heal nicely within a few days. Since then I’ve had a soft spot for this golden plant and a place for it in my gardens.

Calendula is truly one of the most versatile…

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