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8 Household Uses for Calendula

Discover easy, handy ways to use calendula around the house, from beauty treatments to recipes and beyond.

| July/ August 2017

  • Tinctures made with fresh or dried calendula blossoms can reduce inflammation and help digestion.
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  • Calendula is also known as pot marigold for its ability to flavor and brighten soups and broths.
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  • Calendula matches well with cornbread.
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Calendula officinalisalso known as poet’s marigold or pot marigold, is an herb that delights several senses. Its bright orange flower not only brightens gardens, but has a pleasantly mild flavor that lends itself well to cooking. Its natural antimicrobial, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties also make it excellent for healing wounds, rashes, bee stings and other skin ailments. Here are a few ways this wonder flower lends its powers to your garden, kitchen and medicine cabinet.

1. Bright Broth

One of the earliest uses for calendula was to toss the flower into a soup pot for color and flavor — hence the plant’s common name “pot marigold.” Combine fresh or dried calendula petals with carrots, onion, potato, turnip, celery, mushrooms and tomato with water and salt to create your own colorful and delicious homemade soup base. Visit Broth with Calendula Recipe to get the full recipe.

2. Heal Bruises

Dried calendula can be paired with dried comfrey leaves to make a topical herbal oil and a useful salve that relieves pain from bruises, sprains and strains. Visit Healing Calendula and Comfrey Salve for the recipe.

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