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Lavender Oil Uses

Lavender Oil Uses

Essential Lavender Oil for Health

As we continue to grow and extend our farm, I am really digging into the uses and background of everything we grow.  Lately in the “lab”, I have been experimenting with Lavender Oil in sprays and salves.   The essential oil that is distilled from many of the different lavender varieties is most commonly know for its relaxing and calming effects on the body, both physically and Healing with Lavenderemotionally.  It is also highly known for its skin uses, and can be used to cleanse cuts and scrapes, reduce irritations and can be applied for overall skin health.  Here are 10 ways to use essential lavender oil in your day to day life:
  1. Relaxation – take a few drops of lavender oil and rub it on your palms, wrists, feet or anywhere else on the body.  Deeply inhale several times to draw the calming scent.
  2. Sleep Aid – Lavender’s scent is known to aid sleep, and soothe nerves.  Use a Lavender spray that is part oil, part witch hazel and part water to spray linens and pillows to drift off.
  3. Burns – putting a few drops of oil, or a Lavender Calendula salve on a burn will reduce pain and redness and help in the healing process.
  4. Cuts and Scrapes – Lavender oil and salves can provide a soothing, healing effect.
  5. Laundry – spray your freshly washed towels and clothes to make them fresh throughout the day.
  6. Insect bites – Lavender salves can take away the sting and itch for mosquito bites and bee stings.
  7. Chapped/Dry lips – using oil or salves on dry chapped lips will help them deal and add moisture.
  8. Headaches and Migranes – Lavenders aromatic powers can help alleviate a headache.
  9. Acne – oil and salves of lavender can help reduce acne, and the redness of blemishes.
  10. Slow Aging – there is some dispute, but many experts agree that the antioxidants found in Lavender slow the aging process.
Just a few uses for this amazing plant!
Calendula Flower Facts and Information

Calendula FAQ

Information about Calendula

Below are some commonly asked questions about the calendula flower, and its usage and history.

Where does Calendula grow?

Where does Calendula grow?

Calendula is native to southwestern Asia, western Europe, Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean. Calendula can be grown as an perennial in zones 9 and higher, and can be grown as an annual in just about any zone.

Can you eat Calendula?

Can you eat Calendula?

The Calendula petals have been used throughout history as an edible herb, and today it is mostly used to adorn dishes, or the calendula petals can be placed in a salad. The flowers can also be used as a yellow food dye, and has been used as a saffron substitute and to color cheeses, custards, butters, sauces, etc.

How do you pronounce Calendula?

How do you pronounce Calendula?

Calendula is pronounced [kuh-len-juh-luh], and you can hear the pronunciation at Dictionary.com: Calendula Definition and Pronunciation

How many types of Calendula exist?

How many types of Calendula exist?

There are over 150 scientific plant names in the genus Calendula. The most common is Calendula Officinalis. There is a broad range of types of calendula, and you can see a full list here: Calendula Plant and Flowers

What are the uses for Calendula oil?

What are the uses for Calendula oil?

Calendlula oil has been known throughout the ages for a variety of medicinal uses. It has anti-iflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities. The most common use is to help with skin irritations and conditions as calendula cream, salve or ointment. You can read a broader variety of Calendula uses here:

A List of Calendula Oil Uses

Are Calendula plants hard to grow?

Are Calendula plants hard to grow?

Calendula plants are easy to grow, and go from seed to flower quite fast. It is a forgiving plant that will produce beautiful calendula flowers and petals all year long. You can read more on growing calendula here:

Growing Calendula Plants and Flowers

What are the uses for Calendula tea?

What are the uses for Calendula tea?

Calendula petals, both dried and recently cut, can be used to brew a healing tea for mouth and gum sores, sore throats and general use.

How do you harvest/collect Calendula seed?

How do you harvest/collect Calendula seed?

Calendula produces a large number of seed heads. The seeds are easy to harvest once the heads dry, and you can tell when they are ready by running your thumb over the top. If the calendula seeds come loose easily just collect them in a container for planting next year.

What is Calendula salve?

What is Calendula salve?

Calendula salve is usually made of infused calendula oil (typically olive oil) and beeswax. Salves usually have additional ingredients, like other oils, to add scent and additional healing qualities.

Is Calendula a Marigold?

Is Calendula a Marigold?

There are two species of plants called Marigold, and they are very different plants. The French Marigold, Tagetes, is common in the garden, and an amarican native plant. Calendula Officinalis, or the Pot Marigold, is much different and has mdicinal qualities and many different variations.

What is the history of Calendula?

What is the history of Calendula?

The ancient Romans named the plant Calendula because it seemed to bloom every first of the month (calends). The Romans and Greeks used the calendula flowers and petals in many ceremonies and rituals, and made crowns and garlands with the calendula flowers. Its nickname, Mary’s Gold” or Marigold, refers to its use in many Catholic ceremonies and traditions. It is also used in Hindu ceremonies, and throughout South and Central America.
Calendula Uses

Calendula Uses

The Amazing Calendula Uses: The Healing Marigold

The Calendula, or Pot Marigold, is a simply beautiful flower. Typically a deep orange or vibrant yellow, the Calendula hides some amazing healing powers. In the middle ages, the “Marygold”, was know for its healing virtues, and was sometimes called magical. Calendula uses typically focus on its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Below are the primary Calendula Uses as medicinal or herbal therapy:
  1.  Calendula as a treatment for cuts and scrapes.   Using calendula oil, calendula salve, or calendula cream for treating injured skin is a very common use.  It provides a soothing, natural, pain relieving treatment for cuts scrapes and bruises.
  2. Calendula for bug bites.  Calendula’s soothing properties help with bee stings and mosquito bites, soothing the bite by reducing inflamation.
  3. Calendula as a treatment for thrush.  Due to its anti-fungal properties, it has been used as a treatment for thrush.
  4. Calendula for diaper rash.  Soothing a baby’s bottom is a great use for Calendula creams and salves.
  5. Calendula for chafing.  Calendula is great for athletes that chafe during long distance events.
  6. Calendula for acne.  Calendula face washes are a great help in treating acne, due to their anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation qualities.  Here is a link to some research: NIH Calendula for Acne Research.
  7. Calendula for inflamed gums, mouth sores and sore throats.  Calendula teas and petals can be used to help treat mouth and throat issues.
  8. Calendula for diabetic sores, ulcers and wounds.  There has been quite a bit of research accomplished on the benefits of calendula sales an creams to help in healing woulds associated with diabetes.  You can read more here:  Calendula Wound Treatment Research
  9. Calendula for ear infections.  Calendula has been used to reduce the pain associated with ear infections.
  10. Calendula for vericose veins.  Salves and creams have been used successfully as a topical treatment for varicose veins.
As you can see there are many uses for the Calendula plant and its medicinal properties.  

Calendula Facts

Botanical Name: Calendula Officinalis
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Time: All Summer
Best Location: Full Sun
Soil: Well-drained, fertile
Diseases: Powdery mildew, leaf spot, rust
Pests: Slugs, aphids
Propagation: Seeds
Zone: 8-10

All About Calendula

Calendula is a flower that contains about 20 different variations of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family (Asteraceae) that are often known by their common name of marigold.   They are native to southwestern Asia, western Europe and the Mediterranean. Other plants are also known as marigolds, such as corn marigold, desert marigold, marsh marigold, and plants of the genus Tagetes. The genus name Calendula is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae, meaning “little calendar”.  The most commonly cultivated and used member of the genus is the pot marigold (Calendula officinalis). Popular herbal and cosmetic products named ‘calendula’ invariably derive from C. officinalis. The flower is loved for its beauty, but also for its broad medicinal use, and Calendula Oil is known for its healing properties, and is used as an anti-inflammatory, and is used for treating acne, wounds and other skin conditions.  It also has been broadly used for treating abdominal issues like cramps, bloating and constipation.  The oil is also used to make Calendula salve, Calendula cream, Calendula balm and other applications.

Planting Hydrangeas

Ground Temp: Plant in fall
PH level: Varies depending on what color you want
Spacing: 3-10′ apart depending on species
Depth: As deep as root ball
Time to Bloom: Varies
Notes: Hydrangeas need plenty of water

Hydrangea Facts

Botanical Name: Hydrangea
Plant Type: Shrub or Vine
Bloom Time: Mid to late Summer
Best Location: Sun or light shade
Soil: Well-drained, fertile
Diseases: Leaf diseases powdery mildew, rust, mold
Pests: Slugs, rose chafers
Propagation: Layering, cuttings
Zone: Varies
Changing the color of a hydrangea

Changing Hydrangea Color

How to change the color of your Hydrangea plant

Two years ago we propagated our favorite flower, the Hydrangea.  We wanted to create a variety of bloom colors for our Hydrangea loving customers, and to grab attention at the farmers market.  Well, it worked.  How did we do it? So, unlike most flowers, the lacecap and mophead hydrangeas can changes colors.  Fortunately for us, it is as easy as changing the soil pH.  Hydrangeas are the litmus test in the flower world.  Below are the pH ranges, and resulting colors: Acid Soil (pH less than 6.0)           Blue or Purple-Blue Flowers, Between Alkaline and Acidic (pH between 6 and 7)    Purple of Bluish Pink Flowers, Alkaline Soil (pH greater than 7)    Pink and Red Flowers How can you change the pH?  You can get a pH soil test kit to be exact, but that is not me 😉  I had pink, and wanted blue, so I wanted to lower the pH to create a more acidic environment.  To do this, I added aluminum sulfate (you could also use garden sulfur).  I sprinkled it around my hydrangea beauties, scratched it into the soil, and waited for a big rain.  To raise pH, you can use ground lime.  Use the same technique.  Good luck on changing your Hydrangea color!
Dahlia Cuttings from a Tuber

Propagating Dahlias

Cuttings and Dividing Tubers: Dahlia Propagation

Starting to propagate my dahlias this week, and using a couple of techniques.  In this article i will outline how I am taking tuber cuttings to multiply my stock.  First off, at the beginning of my season, i put my tubers into containers indoors, and cover them about half-way with potting soil so i can catch all the action.  Depending on the type, and the warmth, it usually takes a few weeks before the eyes start sprouting, and another one or two before i can start propagating the dahlias.  Below is an overview of the technique:
  1.  Once the tuber has a number of sprouts, I select ones that are 3 or 4 inches in height for my cuttings.
    Dahlia Propagation from shoots

    Tuber with multiple shoots for taking cuttings for propagation

    2.  Once I have selected a Dahlia shoot with two sets of leaves, I then use a sharp instrument (Exacto Knife), to take a cutting.  Note: You want to get a bit of the dahlia tuber at the base to insure the best chances for rooting.
    Dahlia Cuttings from a Tuber

    Take a bit of the Dahlia Tuber with the cutting

    3.  I take off the bottom set of leaves once I have the cutting.
    Dahlia Flower Multiply

    Dahlia cutting with a bit of tuber and lower leaves removed

    4.  This step is optional, but if you have rooting hormone, it can aid in getting the dahlia cutting to root more quickly.
    Dahlia rooting hormone

    Dip the Dahlia cutting in rooting hormone for improved success rates

    5.  Finally, take your cutting and place it in a mix of soil and vermiculite.  The loose soil will give roots free reign, and encourage growth.  Note: I also apply bottom heat and cover the cuttings with plastic to create a complete propagation environment.
    Growing dahlia cuttings

    The propagated cutting ready to grow.

    In about two weeks or so, the baby Dahlias will root.  You can check by gently tugging on the cutting.  
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