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Hello Sunshine

We hope today finds everyone well. We are being kissed by the sun while being cooled off by the wind. Rain has been hanging around so it can help may be a bountiful month of fruition but we are grateful for the sun. Receiving the grace of the sun reminds me of our next herb of study, Calendula (Calendula officinalis).


Calendula is native throughout Europe original but has now made itself home all over North America and other parts of the world. Her common name is Pot Marigold or Marigold. She is yellow like the sun.


Calendula benefits several organs and systems being the lymphatic system, digestive system, female reproductive organs, liver, gallbladder, and skin. Many hear about using Calendula on the skin due to its ability to heal open wounds by promoting rapid healing and is an astringent. Calendula is promotes detoxification through the lymphatic system which also benefits our immune systems. Calendula is also effective in reducing inflammation.

When using Calendula, you want to use the entire flower head. Calendula flower head holds triterpene saponins, triterpene alcohols, and quercetin and isorhamnetin (flavonoids). These are some of the know chemicals that make Calendula such a healing herb. Calendula isn’t only beneficial topically, the flower is edible. You can eat the flower, use it in a tea, or use as a garnish.


To add to your herbal journal or materia medica, attached is another herbal card just for you. Enjoy.


Calendula officinalis card
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Caledula officinalis Materia Medica. (2022, April 18). The School of Evolutionary Herbalism. Retrieved April 19, 2022, from https://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/CalendulaCalendulaofficinalis2-2.pdf


A Review of the Use of Topical Calendula in the Prevention and Treatment of Radiotherapy-Induced Skin Reactions. (2015, April 23). National Library of Medicine. Retrieved April 19, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4665477/


Topical application of Calendula officinalis (L.): Formulation and evaluation of hydrophilic cream with antioxidant activity. (2011, March 18). Academic Journals. Retrieved April 19, 2022, from https://academicjournals.org/journal/JMPR/article-full-text-pdf/9CFF40B19373

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