Calendula is also among the most important remedies for wounds. The plant is also said to cure bites, stomach ailments, and infections. Calendula, or pot marigold, is the marigold referred to historically. Also called English marigold, this plant has been grown since the Middle Ages. We’ve grown calendula for years. The eye-catching flowers come back by self-sowing in among our other herbs and flowers. I love them, and added a new variety this past year. We have both the traditional, single colored calendula, and the improved kind with contrasting centers.
Pot marigold is mostly used as a topical remedy. It has been said that a calendula flower, rubbed on the affected part, is a remedy for the pain and swelling caused by the sting of a wasp or bee. A lotion made from the flowers is useful for sprains and wounds, and a water distilled from them is good for inflamed eyes. It’s just plain good for the skin. And pretty. (Calendula in our garden)
“Here’s flowers for you; Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram; The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun, And with him rises weeping…” ~William Shakespeare