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Calendula - Foods & Nutrition

Alias: Pot Marigold

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Calendula (Pot Marigold)

Calendula, also known as pot marigold, has a reputation for being used for skin ailments such as rashes, burns, cuts, and bruises. It sports bright yellow or orange flowers and makes a great addition to an herb garden or flowerbed.

A homemade ointment is easy to make: simply pick the flowers on a dry day, crush them, and put them in a jar with olive oil. Allow the mixture to sit until the oil becomes a more golden color. Strain, using cheesecloth and squeezing as much oil from the flower heads as possible. Sterilize your storage bottles, pour your calendula oil in, and store in a cool, dark place.

If you are stung by a bee, and calendula is near (and you donít happen to see any plantain), it is said that rubbing a calendula flower onto a bee sting brings relief.