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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.
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