Latin Name: Calendula officinalis
Common Names: Marigold, Golds, Ruddes, Bride of the Sun, Summer's Bride
Planet: Sun, Leo
Deity: Virgin Mary, Xochiquetzal
Folklore: In Macer's Herbal it is stated that only to look on Marigolds will draw evil humours out of the head and strengthen the eyesight.
Medicinal Properties: Its action is stimulant and diaphoretic.
Magical Properties: Funerary Rites, Remembrance, Protection, Psychic Development, Solar Festivals
Cautions:Except for the very rare person who is allergic to calendula and therefore should not use it, there are no known side effects or interactions.
Though it is often referred to as Pot Marigold, Calendula, also known as Calendula Officinalis, is not a marigold at all. Throughout the mid-ages and in times since, it has been widely known for treating skin wounds, abrasions and other afflictions and infections of the skin, having been said to be of particular use as an anti-inflammatory. In some cases it has even been said to be put to use in treating chapped lips and diaper rash. They were also known and documented for being a flower that opened and closed regularly, with some saying from dawn to dusk and others even citing specific times, such as seven in the morning until seven at night. Spiritually, Calendula has been put to use in providing a comfort to the heart, or aiding in mending spirits, and it was said that a broth flavored with the herb was particularly good for this. Calendula even saw culinary use, being used to dye cheese with a yellow color in the past.
Today it is primarily used much as it was in the past, to treat skin wounds and abrasions as an anti-inflammatory, making it helpful in treating sprains and other such injuries where muscle or joints swell up uncomfortably. Some herbalists have also found it to be helpful in stimulating sweating, and easing fevers.
1oz / 28g Packet