Growing and Harvesting Calendula
Calendula is a gift in the garden. Not only does it add a cheerful beauty, but it also has many benefits. Calendula is one of the best companion plants in the garden. This means that they help other plants thrive. The smell of Calendula deters cabbage maggots, Mexican bean beetles, aphids, tomato hornworms and the asparagus beetle. Plant it everywhere! Calendula loves the sun but can do well in partial shade too and likes a moderate amount of water. Plant seeds in the ground early spring and you might get them to grow to 2 feet tall! Keep on picking the calendula as it flowers because then it will keep growing more. Collect the flowers on a hot summer day as that is when the resin content is the highest. Dry the calendula right after harvest and make sure that the flowers are dried all the way through before storage to prevent molding. Once you have dried Calendula flowers and leaves you can make all sorts of earth medicine!
Calendula as Medicine
How to Use Calendula
HOW TO MAKE
This can be applied to skin, hair or scalp and added to recipes for creams, salves and lip balm
CALENDULA CREAM RECIPE (A First Aid Cream)
This is a good cream for wounds, scraps, skin irritations, bites, stings, sunburn, scars, acne and wrinkles.
This is good for stomach issues, immune booster, sore throats, mouth sores and for lowering a fever