The petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads or dried and used to color cheese
The calendula plant, known affectionately as marigold, pot marigold, or common marigold is an essential feature of healing and ornamental gardens, as well as a popular garden flower. Hardly any other plant is as versatile and effective, which is why we have been cultivating it for its powers in our gardens for more than 80 years.
Calendula was not only popular as a useful plant. The radiant, sunny and vigorous flowers were also common as an ornamental plant among the Greeks and Romans, Indians and Arabs. The golden dye of calendula has long been used for fabrics, foods and cosmetics and in Europe, where the plant was introduced in the late Middle Ages, it quickly established itself as a welcome addition of numerous uses.
Calendula’s energetic and vibrant growth combines the elements of water and heat fire, with a warming, scented resin found in its lush, moisture-rich leaves and stems. The bright yellow, orange and red flowers of calendula are real sun traps, absorbing large amounts of light and warmth. Calendula is therefore particularly valued for its vibrant, restorative powers
This article has been heavily edited due to the health claims, you should do your own research on this plant!
Source – Weleda.co.uk
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