Calendula is a new herb to me, but it’s definitely one now that I won’t ever be without again.
I put together a hugelkultur planter in the potager and planted my calendula in it.
I’ve had a handful of blossoms so far with more on the way. To prepare calendula oil, I plucked a couple blossoms and submerged them in a small apothecary jar of extra virgin olive oil. That’s it. Then you just let it sit for a couple weeks to infuse.
You can remove the flowers from the oil after a bit I suppose, but I think they look pretty in the oil. The more blossoms, the more potent the oil.
I use this stuff on everything skin related but the real selling point for me was how quickly it took the itch and swelling out of mosquito bites.
I’ve always over-reacted to mosquito bites. The site puffs up about a quarter’s diameter and gets really red and incredibly itchy. A few times, I’ve been so swollen and itchy I actually succumbed to taking a Benadryl for some relief.
I came inside from my evening garden check and my arms were covered in mosquito bites! So, I got out my pretty little jar and massaged a few drops of calendula oil on the bites and within I would say 5 seconds, the itch was gone and redness had dissipated. I could not believe the rapidity of efficacy. This is good stuff! I’m really excited that I discovered it on a whim because I think it will be really helpful to my son in the event he’s exposed to any of his allergy triggers, or come winter, when his eczema starts flaring.
According to my research, calendula is also effectively used to treat:
- Muscle spasms
- Promoting menstruation
- Treating mouth and throat soreness
- Varicose veins
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Chapped lips
- Vaginal yeast infection
- Diaper rash
- Wound healing
- Skin inflammation
- Insect repellent
- Ear infections
This little plant is a powerhouse of healing and wellness, not to mention it’s really pretty to look at. It will definitely be kept around.