Calendula at a glance :
Calendula grows best when sown directly into the garden.
It tolerates any type of soil and will grow in partial shade to full sun.
Calendula likes water, so be sure that the soil doesn’t dry out.
Use the freshly dried flower heads to make creams, salves, liniments, teas, tinctures, and oils, or add the flower heads directly to bathwater to soothe irritated skin.
Use in preparations for healing cuts, scrapes, burns, diaper rash, sores, ulcers, varicose veins, chapped skin and lips, and insect bites.
Collect the flower heads on hot, sunny days for the highest resin content, pick regularly to prevent the plants from putting energy into seed production.
Dry calendula quickly after you harvest it, and check the center of the flower for dryness.
1/4 cup dried calendula petals
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup grated beeswax
10 drops lavender essential oil
1 cup boiling water
Fresh or dried calendula petals
Calendula compresses can be applied to burns, cuts, scrapes, bee stings, bug bites, inflammations, and other skin irritations.