Common Names: Marigold, Pot Marigold

Scientific Name: Calendula officinialis, Asteraceae

Identification: This herb can be identified by its daisy-like appearance and its bright yellow flower color. It has several different subspecies, all of which look very similar if not identical.

General info: This herb can be used in chemistry, pharmacology, medicine, dyes, and in the kitchen. In ancient times, it was used for food. The petals were used to color cheese, in salads and often sued to replace saffron. It was also used as a yellow dye. It was involved in a lot of rituals and ceremonies.

Parts Used: flower petals, oil, flower heads (dried)

Uses: medicinal, culinary, dyes

Growing: Annual plant that is native to northern Mediterranean countries. It tends to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month.

Storage: Keep parts being used in a cool dry place.

Medicinal Uses: prevent muscle spasms, start menstrual period, reduce fever, treat sore throats and mouths, help with menstrual cramps, cancer, and aid with stomach and duodenal ulcers. It can be applied to the skin to reduce pain and swelling due to inflammation, and treat poorly healing wounds. It can also be topically applied for nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and conjunctivitis.

Safety: Do not take by mouth or use topically if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Do not use if you have an allergy to ragweed or related plants. Always check with your health care provider before seeking alternate treatments.

Books: The Little book of Natural Bath Herb Recipes: Herbal Bath Teas, Bath Salts and Essential Oil Blends for a Relaxing Bath by: Terri Primavera