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Growing, Harvesting, and Using Calendula/Pot Marigold

Hi Everyone!
Today we are talking about Calendula, also know by it's common name Pot Marigold. Calendula. A humble flower, with many uses.



This is an extremely pleasant herb. The dried petals of the calendula plant are used for medicinal purposes.
Dried Calendula is used for lotions, salves, ointment, and  is also excellent for sensitive skin, making it perfect for using with babies and children.

"The flower petals of the calendula plant (Calendula officinalis), or pot marigold, have been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century. Calendula is native to Mediterranean countries but is now grown as an ornamental plant throughout the world. It is not the same as the annual marigold plant that’s often grown in gardens, however.
Calendula has high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals. Calendula appears to fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.
Traditionally, calendula has been used to treat stomach upset and ulcers, as well as relieve menstrual cramps, but there is no scientific evidence that calendula works for these problems. Today, calendula is often used topically, meaning it’s applied to the skin.
Calendula has been shown to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue. It is also used to improve skin hydration and firmness. The dried petals of the calendula plant are used in tinctures, ointments, and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as the minor infections they cause. Calendula also has been shown to help prevent dermatitis or skin inflammation in breast cancer patients during radiation therapy."
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/calendula 

 Calendula is usually applied topically, to the skin.

Enjoy!
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