Calendula (everlasting, calendular) is a herb on which we’ll run more in “old fashioned” flower gardens because it doesn’t suit modern and exotic trends, but it is unfair not to talk about calendula because it is one, indeed, therapeutic herb.
It’s not hard to recognize calendula because whole plant is overgrown with little, soft fluffs and it’s branchier towards the upper part of the plant. Both petals and leaves are therapeutic.
When you pick petals and leaves, dry them in shade. Besides its’ therapeutic and medical features, I’ve read that calendula acts as and “weather man” – if calendula flowers stay closed after 7 AM, then it’ll rain on that day. Everlasting blossoms from June until first frosts. They like sunny places with average drainage which doesn’t have to be too fertile.
Calendula is widely used in popular medicine and it has very high roll among therapeutic herbs. Tea made of calendula petals is to cure jaundice, kidney diseases, anemia, uterine diseases and it helps with urinating dysfunction. It act as diuretic so it is used as an aid for sweating and helps with constipation. It acts favorably in menopause because calendula regulates blood cast. Calendula helps with neural diseases, and in popular medicine it has been used for some cancer treatments.
Everlasting act very well as a cure for external use because calendula’s bandages and dubbings with calendula were used for treating ulcers, acne, wounds, eczema, and as a help with wound healing.
Calendula is used in culinary where grounded dust of calendula petals sustains saffron. In natural cosmetics, you can use water whit dipped calendula petals for shiny hair.
Today, the trend of cancer diseases is growing, so I’ll add here two recipes (from book about “Therapeutic herbs and natural medicine”) that were used for treating breast and uterus cancer, and skin cancer.
Skin cancer and ulcers
Two to three tablespoons of chopped calendula (petals and plant) mix with two tablespoons of beef suet or port grease. Cook it for about half hour. Drain it through sieve or double gauze. Store it in clean and dried pot or box and pressurized it. This grease helps with all kinds of ulcers, or skin cancer. Salve gauze with this grease and cover your wound. Besides that, you can prepare it like tea, in milk. Take one teaspoon of calendula with ½ liter of milk.
Breast cancer and uterus cancer