Botanical Wisdom: Calendula

Calendula officinalis has been emerging from the ground the past few weeks in my garden.  It is an herbaceous plant that has a brightly colored flower that comes in orange, yellow, or cream with dark red streaks.  This healing plant has antimicrobial properties and used to promote wound healing.  I grow this plant every year from saved seed the year before.  I dry the flower heads to infuse in oil for making body butter and a simple calendula infused oil for moisturizing.  This year I plan to make a calendula succus as I have a newly found use of this healing plant.  If you are interested in learning more about how to grow, make medicine or beauty products with this healing plant, Calendula, contact Vital Life Medicine to book Dr. Vingelen at your next event whether it be spa night out for the ladies or tea with the doctor.