This hardy medicinal herb
is in the same family as the chrysanthemum and sports daisy-like flowers that are packed with vitamins and potent medicinal benefits. Calendula can be used to flavor foods or to make dyes.
Known as 'Herb of the Sun', Calendulas have been held in high religious and spiritual regard for centuries by the Greeks, Mayans, Hindus. Calendula flowers are commonly used to adorn the altars of deceased relatives during the Mexican Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations.
Calendula is antiseptic, anti-fungal and has precursors for human hormones and Vitamin
A, so it is strongly recommended by many holistic healers. Its gentle but potent ability to heal and reduce inflammation also makes it a wonderful addition to bath and beauty products, like bath infusions, face washes
and shampoos. It can be used on animals as well. Taken internally as a soothing tea, it can also be used to treat stomach pain, inflamed lymph nodes
and liver conditions.