Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH

Calendula (Calendula officinalis): Also known as pot marigold, calendula is one of the easiest plants to grow, and one of the most versatile. It’s a medicine chest in itself!

Best known as a remedy for skin problems, the sunny, deep-orange flowers are used to make a healing salve that can be applied externally to cuts, wounds, and burns. It can be taken as a tea or tincture to help the healing of wounds internally, and for cleansing & detoxifying. Calendula is also a great antifungal, so the cooled tea can be used for vaginal yeast infections, too. Why, you can even forecast the weather with calendula! The flowers close when wet weather is said to be approaching.

What’s your favorite way to use the bright and beautiful calendula?

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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