This delightful, sunny herb is classed as an annual but it self seeds so well that is just like having a perennial.
In the kitchen we use the petals of Calendula, (dried or fresh) in place of saffron with the rice.
It has been published historically that the leaves are useful in salads but we have not found it to our taste.
We planted Calendula in one bed, five years ago and have had a constant supply ever since, without ever replanting.
That's a good value herb!
To create a tincture we use the dried flower heads or the dried ligulate flowers (ray florets) of Calendula for inflammation of the mucous membranes of the throat.
Externally, as a cream it is excellent for poorly healing wounds. It is both antibacterial and anti fungal.
We also use it to treat stomach pain and as a liver stimulant. It has no known side effects.
Medium seed - 150 per gm.
20 fresh seeds $3.95
Degree of difficulty in germination.....1/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult)
Published March 13, 1986
Name of Drug
Calendulae flos, calendula flower.
Composition of Drug
Calendula flower consists of the dried flower heads or the dried ligulate flowers (ray florets) of Calendula officinalis L. [Fam. Asteraceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.
The drug contains triterpene glycosides and aglycones, as well as carotenoids and essential oils.
Internal and topical use:
Inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa.
Poorly healing wounds.
Interactions with Other Drugs
Unless otherwise prescribed:
1 - 2 g per cup of water (150 ml) or
1 - 2 teaspoons (2 - 4 ml) tincture per - l water, or prepared in ointments equivalent to 2 - 5 g crude drug in 100 g ointment.
Mode of Administration
Powdered herb for infusions and other galenical preparations for local application.
Promotes wound healing.
Antiinflammatory and granulatory action in topical application have been described.