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Calendula

Calendula Officinalia

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(Agriculture, Botany and Composition)

Family Compositae or Asteraceae. This perennial plant, with small yellow or orange flowers grows to a height of 1.5 feet and blooms until temperatures reach freezing. The overall plant emits an unpleasant odor but the flowers - tiny yellow and orange - are edible and are even used in fragrances. Geography: Though its origin is unknown, it grows wildly in Europe, North America and Asia and is popular in gardens everywhere

Historical Uses

Often referred to as “Nature’s First Aid Kit” due to its healing and calming properties. Ancient Romans gave the plant its name (Latin: kalends) after they noticed the plant blooming on the first day of each month and considered this plant a symbol of joy and happiness. Hindus use it to decorate their temples. Antioxidant rich, this plant has been used over time in medicines and skincare to treat inflammation, wounds, bruises cuts, mild burn and dermatitis.

Stories & Legends

Since the flowers close in humidity as well as before and during rain, it has been used to forecast the weather.

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