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Calendula

Beautiful, bright orange or yellow double daisy-like flowers in winter with slightly hairy, elongated oval, mid green leaves. The medicinal properties of calendula make it a must in any herb garden. The flower petals can be added to salads for great color.

Annual. H:45cm W:30cm. 12cm, 17cm


 

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In the garden:

Growth Characteristics:
•Winter Annual, Frost hardy.

Height:
•±60cm; Spread: ±40 cm.

Cultivation:
•Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.

Harvesting:
•Pick fresh flowers from Autumn (Apr) to late Spring (Nov).

Companion Planting:
•Vegetables: Plant with Tomatoes,
•Attracting Beneficial insects: Attracts butterflies.

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Culinary use:

Use Calendula flower petals with:
•Powder dried petals in a grinder, Gives a saffron colour and a light tangy flavour, Garnish,
•Dried petals add flavor and colour to dried herb mixes,
•Rice,
•Fish,
•Butter, Cakes, Milk dishes, Omelettes, Soups, Soft cheese, Stews, Sweet breads, Yoghurt,
•Sprinkle fresh flowers in Salads.

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Cosmetic use:

•Add petals to creams and baths for cleansing, healing and softening the skin,
•Use in Herbal Bath Smoothies.

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Health benefits:

Calendula may be beneficial in the following cases:

General
•Alterative / depurative: Assists the elimination of metabolic wastes in the body,
•Tonic, detoxifying effect on all systems of the body,
•Antispasmodic: Relieves muscle spasms,
•Otitis media: Infused oil help decrease inflammation,
•Soothes toothache,
•Conjunctivitis: Bath the eye 3 times daily with a decoction, or use a cold compress on the closed eyes,
•Mouthwash and gargle for infection, sore throat.

Nervous System
•Analgesic: Pain-relieving.

Endocrine System
•Hormone regulator: Estrogenic action probably due to sterol and saponin content.

Skin
•Astringent: Causes cells to shrink, helping to reduce bleeding (styptic), promote blood clotting, and to harden and protect the skin,
•Topical antiseptic and wound healing herb,
•Anti-inflammatory, Bruises,
•Acne, Shingles, Chickenpox, Impetigo, Measles, Mumps, Dermatitis, Eczema, Cold sores, Warts, Other systemic fungal, bacterial, and viral conditions,
•First degree burns, like sunburn,
•Helps to soothe bee, wasp, and insect stings,
•Babies: diaper rash or an inflamed navel or penis, Cradle cap.

Lymphatic System
•Enlarged and Inflamed lymphatic glands,
•Bactericide,
•Febrifuge, reduce or prevents a fever,
•Internally it is also antiseptic, making it useful to boost the immune system when an infection is present,
•Assist detoxification,
•Bactericide, able to destroy bacteria.

Respiratory System
•Pneumonia,
•Help the lungs recover after a person quit smoking.

Cardiovascular System
•Varicose veins,
•Improves circulation.

Liver
•Cholagogue: Increases the secretion of bile and its expulsion from the gallbladder,
•Gall bladder inflammation, Jaundice.

Digestive system
•Can help to reduce bowel looseness if this is seen as harmful - Anti-inflammatory, Anti-microbial and astringent,
•Haemorrhoids - applied topically for astringent action.
•Anthelmintic: Acting against parasitic worms,
•Aperient: Mild laxative,
•Carminative, calming effect on the stomach,
•Stomachic: Assists the function of the stomach,
•Peptic ulcers, Candida, Gastritis: counteracting bacterial, fungal and viral inflammatory conditions.

Urinary System
•Diuretic.

Reproductive System
•Sexually transmitted diseases: Syphilis, Thrush (Candida), Trichomoniasis,Emmenagogue, Period pain,
•Hormone regulator: Estrogenic action probably due to sterol and saponin content,
•After birth symptoms like fever, Mastitis, Healing of episiotomies, Relieving sore nipples in nursing mothers,

Preparation and dosage:
TINCTURE:
• Everyday use: 5 ml diluted in about 25 ml water, 2-3 times a day.

INFUSED OIL:
• External use:
o Apply liberally and as often as necessary until the symptoms ease.
o Few drops in ear, 3 times per day, for ear infection.

TEA:
• Per cup (250ml) hot water: 1 teaspoon dried petals; or the petals of 2-3 fresh flowers,
• 2 - 3 cups per day.