Calendula officinalis, with its edible orange or yellow daisy-like blossom, is a naturalized annual herb used by many herbalists worldwide. Its petals can be infused in oils for lotions, creams and balms, while its infusion brightens herbal tea blends.
Commonly known as marigold, this cheery garden plant has been used for centuries as a dye, food and topically.
In the past, Calendula was believed to offer magical protection and even clairvoyance. In Ayurvedic health and TCM, it is said to possess cooling and drying properties. Furthermore, North American indigenous cultures traditionally used it to ease the occasional upset stomach.