Calendula Blossom from the shipment this week
This plant is just wonderful for so many things. Calendula is probably most commonly known for it's anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. I use Calendula infused oil in my First-Aid salve which when it's in stock is quite a popular product. Calendula is wonderful for cuts, scrapes, and bug bites. It's also great to make a tea with the flowers and soak any part of your body that is fighting fungus (athletes foot, yeast infections, thrush, etc).
I love Calendula because to me this plant just screams summertime. Her big yellow blossoms are reminiscent of the sun's light in the peak of the summer. This is one of the reasons that I like to use this plant in low doses for the winter blues or Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD). When you're feeling the cold chill of winter and longing for the sun, taking a spirit dose (1-3 drops) of Calendula tincture or rubbing some Calendula oil on your body can bring back the spirit of summer.
Because of Calendula's connection with the Sun, I have also found this plant to be helpful with getting light moving in our energetic bodies. Stuck energy can be a dimension of SAD and other forms of feeling down and depressed. I have seen Calendula break up stuck energy and allow the light to flow again creating space for healing.
Calendula that has been processed to become tincture. Note: This plant is resinous so you don't want to take it for too long--it can be hard on the kidneys in higher doses.
Did I mention it's edible too? Throw some petals in your salad to bring a little sunshine into your dinner delights. Or a lovely snack in the garden when you're weeding :)
I'm drying these blossoms and will infuse oil with them when they are good and dry
Do you live in Oakland or the East Bay? The Homestead Apothecary on 45th and Telegraph receives orders from the Sonoma County Herb Exchange on the last Tuesday of every month. Swing by their shop or give them a call to place an order!