Beautiful Calendula. What a friend you are. It's botanical name is Calendula officinalis. In herbalism, calendula is one of our favourite providers of plant medicine. It’s hard not to fall in love with its vibrant orange flowers and its sunny disposition. Originally native to Mediterranean Europe, calendula grows freely pretty much everywhere.
Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries. It’s credited with a range of benefits including wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic, styptic (which means it helps stop bleeding), circulatory stimulant and a sedative. The healing power of calendula is found in the flower heads and petals. When you touch them on a sunny day you will notice they’ve got a sticky quality to them – just oozing with goodness!
These golden petals create rich golden oils and tinctures. They can be used fresh or dried. When they are dried, they have a delicious honey-like fragrance.
At Archeus we take time to carefully infuse the petals in carrier oils such as certified organic camellia. This process gently pulls the healing compounds from the petals into the oils. When ready, the oils are strained and filtered and then we use them to make our products. Calendula-infused oil is gentle yet effective and applicable for many different skin problems including wounds, bruises, broken capillaries, chilblains, sore nipples, nappy rash, fungal infections, sunburn and cold sores.
We see calendula radiating vitality and we love using it as a plant essence. Its sunny disposition helps strengthen and comfort the heart. Its sunny confidence is infectious and it can help you win respect and admiration of everyone you meet. We find that it can be handy when you are in a position of leadership as it can help you remain approachable and cheerful even when the pressure is on!
We love to include fresh calendula petals in our salads and we use camellia oil infused with calendula as a salad dressing. Not only do calendula petals look gorgeous in a salad, but they are bursting with all the healing properties mentioned above. Their taste is complex. Take the time to try some petals on their own. Their taste is sweet, almost bland and then becomes more peppery. This peppery aspect must aid digestion.
Calendula makes a great companion plant in veggie gardens. It attracts bees which aids pollination, repels whiteflies from tomatoes and lures aphids away from beans. It also attracts beneficial insects, including ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies, which prey on aphids.
And I have to mention a gorgeous legend - it is said that is a young woman walks barefoot on the petals of calendula she'll understand the language of birds. How lovely is that!?
Archeus products that contain Calendula: Naturally Feminine Balm, Botanic Repair Balm, Calendula Plant Essence, Calendula & Gotu Kola Skin Repair Cream, Calendula & Sandalwood Intensive Facial Serum, Supernatural Tattoo Aftercare, After Laser Balm.
We make all our products by hand in small batches to ensure freshness and to reduce waste. You can order online or find Archeus products at selected New Zealand outlets. We ship internationally.