Calendula

Calendula, bright orange in my garden
Calendula, bright orange in my garden

Herb – Calendula

Calendula is a warming herb, topical dressing for wounds, sores, burns and infections. Internal usage for swollen glands unresolved infections, lymphatic cleansing, soothes digestive mucosa, promotes the period, prevents sickness in winter or an immune tonic. The petals of this yellow and orange flowered plant are edible and have traditionally been used in soups, stews and salads. In addition, a powerful chemical extract can be made from the stems and leaves of the plant. This extract is rich in a variety of organic compounds, including glycosides, saponins, and other powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds.

Treats

Wounds with puss, burns, sun burns, bites, bruises, good for cat scratch. Prevents scar tissue during the healing process. Promotes sweating in fevers, and relieves menstrual cramps. Bronchitis, deep cough, mucus, puffy tongue, gum disease, hemorrhoids, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea, viral hepatitis, sluggish liver, vaginal wall irritated, vaginal discharge, skin issues, scars.

Usage

Flowers collected and dried. Used for teas and tinctures.
It blooms every month. Pick the flowers at the height of their bloom, in the heat of midday when all the dew has evaporated. The plant cultivates more flowers as soon as the flowers are picked. Therefore harvest every 3 to 5 days or so without worrying about saving the flowering plant. Pick the flowers only if you’re going to use the plant for medicinal purposes. You should spread the flowers out on a towel or paper to allow to fully dry, without washing them. Then store them out of direct sunlight.

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