Calendula Flowers;* Calendula Officinalis
Calendula creams and washes are still used to disinfect minor wounds and to treat infections of the skin. The antibacterial and immunostimulant properties of the plant make it extremely useful in treating slow-healing cuts and cuts in people who have compromised immune systems. The herb stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites and minimizes scarring. Gargling calendula water may ease sore throat. Because of the vivid and brilliant color of calendula, it was thought by many to posses many powers for the protection and benefit of humans.
Though it is often referred to as Pot Marigold, Calendula, also known as Calendula Officinalis, is not a marigold at all. Throughout the mid-ages and in times since, it has been widely known for treating skin wounds, abrasions and other afflictions and infections of the skin, having been said to be of particular use as an anti-inflammatory. In some cases it has even been said to be put to use in treating chapped lips and diaper rash. They were also known and documented for being a flower that opened and closed regularly, with some saying from dawn to dusk and others even citing specific times, such as seven in the morning until seven at night.
Spiritually, Calendula has been put to use in providing a comfort to the heart, or aiding in mending spirits, and it was said that a broth flavored with the herb was particularly good for this.
Calendula even saw culinary use, being used to dye cheese with a yellow color in the past.
Today it is primarily used much as it was in the past, to treat skin wounds and abrasions as an anti-inflammatory, making it helpful in treating sprains and other such injuries where muscle or joints swell up uncomfortably. Some herbalists have also found it to be helpful in stimulating sweating, and easing fevers.
Calendula can be used to remove negative energy. An oil can be used to consecrate tools, and the petals can be used as part of an incense for divination, or sprinkled on the floor under the bed to bring prophetic dreams.
The plant has a long association with Samhain, and the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, and can be used at remembrance ceremonies as well as funerals and rites for the deceased, as well as for magic to remember deceased loved ones, in particular partners.