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by Jo Saxton January 07, 2021
Calendula is a cheerful garden plant with brilliant orange to yellow flowers that can bloom all year round. It is a valuable plant in the garden as it has many uses – edible, medicinal, and ornamental.
Calendula petals have a long history of culinary use, where they are often used as a substitute for saffron, more of a dye than as a flavour per se. The Egyptians valued it as a rejuvenating herb, the Greeks garnished and flavoured food with it, and in the Middle Ages, it was used to colour cheeses and butters.
– You can bring some sunshine to your breakfast table by sprinkling dried marigold petals on your oats or muesli!
– Or why not sprinkle the petals on salads, cakes, and desserts for colour and a slightly peppery taste.
– Also, add dried petals to your tea for some anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and to heal your gut and digestive tract.
The yellow-orange of their petals naturally colours food and fibres, such as wool and silk and so it is a very versatile flower. However, the most exciting use for Calendula is in skincare.
Calendula has anti-inflammatory properties which prevent the body’s release of antihistamines, which can cause pain, inflammation, skin redness and allergies. Inflammation can lead to skin sensitivity, spots, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and so on. Calendula gently soothes the skin to help reduce inflammation, itchiness and dryness. It can also help to reduce large pores and clear up spots, pimples and acne without drying it out.
Calendula extract or oil contains linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid which nourishes your skin cells. It helps to plump the surface of your skin, giving you tighter, more supple skin and a healthy glow.
Both the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help to protect the collagen and elastin supply in your skin. If you’re concerned about premature aging then consider using Calendula!
It really is a powerful little plant!
I’d love to hear from you if you use Calendula for your own health or in your homemade skincare, so fro please tag @thegingermint on social media.
If you love herbs or just want to know a bit more bout them, come and join our Facebook group – 'UK Garden Herb Lovers'.
Our Calendula product links:Herb Garden herbal tea
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