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Common Name: Calendula
Latin Name: Calendula officinalis
Height/Width: 12 -24 inches
Bloom Time: Summer
Zone: 9-11 hardiness, planted as an annual
Parts of Plant Used: Flowers, fresh or dried, leaves
Medicinal Benefits: antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflamatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, healing, salve, cuts, bruises, sprains/strains, wounds, immune system, circulatory, first aid,
Ways to Use: infusion, tonic, tincture, compress, poultice, salve, cream, infused oil, liniment, insect repellent, medicinal food, cleansing and detoxifying herb, salads
Recipes: Calendula Salve – Heat 1 cup of Calendula infused Almond or EVO Oil (Can also add Comfrey leaves to this oil). In a separate pan, melt 1 ounce of beeswax or cocoa butter. Pour the wax into the warmed oil. Add 15 drops each of Frankincense oil, Helichrysium oil and Wintergreen oil. Stir. When fully cooled, put in jars and cap tightly.
Tincture – 1:5 ratio in 90% alcohol