Friday, April 18, 2014

Grow Your Own Medicine: Calendula

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Have you ever considered the "medicine" available to you, grown in your own backyard (or farm).
From Basil to Coneflower and even Thyme, there are so many reported health benefits of many common (and not so common) herbs and flowers.
We started with Basil as it is probably the most common herb and arguably the easiest to grow.

Calendula
Calendula can be direct-seeded outdoors in spring, or started indoors 4-6 weeks before warm spring weather. The small seeds should be planted ¼" deep, and kept well watered while awaiting germination. 

If starting indoors, allow plants to grow to a height of 3-4" and show first leaves. When transpanting, space plants 6" apart from each other in rows 18" apart. 

Calendula likes water, so be sure that the soil doesn’t dry out.  Grows well in partial shade and full sun.


**Great for natural pest control.  Keeps soil free of bad nematodes**


Germination: 7-14 days
Days to Harvest: 55-60 days

Health benefits of Calendula

Calendula flowers have been used on injuries to reduce inflammation and as an antiseptic against infection. It has also been used as a remedy for a variety of skin problems ranging from skin ulcerations to eczema. As a tea, it has been used for relieving conjunctivitis. The salve or dilute tincture of calendula has and continues to be used in connection with bruises, sprains, pulled muscles, sores, and more.



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3 comments:

Cynthia Landrie said...

Calendula is one of my favorite herbs. I often make sunburn cream from it. Thanks for linking this to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

Rose FineCraftGuild said...

I have only made tea with it but I am intrigued by Cynthia's sunburn cream.. Maybe an idea for this summer. And again, thank you for linking it up with us at the Fine Craft Guild

Susan@Organized31 said...

How pretty and medicinal, too! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.