Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Components: Also known as Pot Marigold, calendula produces bright yellow and orange flowers that bloom from late spring through fall.
Overview: One of the best herbs for treating local skin problems, calendula has strong anti-inflammatory properties via plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage. Due to powerful antimicrobial and antiviral effects, it can be used externally to treat wounds, bruises, and strains. The extract of calendula flowers has been shown to calm muscle spasms and ease menstruation.
Uses: Can be taken orally, but it’s usually applied topically. The dried flowers can be used in teas, tinctures, or infused oils. The fresh plant can also be prepared as a tea or tincture. The fresh flowers are edible.