Calendula, often known as marigolds, are strongly aromatic plants with brilliant orange and yellow flowers, well known to help with various skin issues. Traditional remedies have also included using the flowers to make a tea or poultice and apply to wounds to help reduce bleeding, inflammation, and healing time. The flowers are also edible, and can be enjoyed as a fresh and colorful garnish on salads, cupcakes, and more.
Ancient Aztecs used to carry around marigolds to ward off danger and heal wounds. Today, they have become the official flower for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico.
Most research articles found pertained to the skin, demonstrating the anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and wound healing capabilities of calendula. It may also be useful as an insect repellent, to reduce anxiety, to improve oral health, and as part of an herbal recipe for ear pain. More research is warranted.
Latin Name: Calendula officinalis
This is a common annual plant with a strong aroma and orange or yellow flowers.
Flowering tops are used as both an edible herb and to make skin serums.
Oil is CO2 distilled and smells strongly herbacious and sweet, like the marigold.