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Calendula can be used as a food or fabric dye, to brighten summer salads (yes the petals are edible!), for spiritual and religious uses, and for medicinal and beauty products.

My favorite way to use calendula is to infuse it into oil and add it to my skincare routine.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a type of marigold and is an herbaceous plant of the small genus Calendula, in the Asteraceae family. 

This herb was originally called calendula by the Romans in the 12th century, who realized the plant bloomed on the first day of each month. It was a symbol of happiness in gardens and was used regularly for cooking and medicine  because it provided a continuous supply of flowers and tender leaves.

The flowers are used to adorn statues of deities and considered sacred in India, and used in religious ceremonies in Aztec and Mayan civilizations. They’re still used to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico.

The Germans used it in soups and stews, as well as a saffron substitute in hearty large pot dishes, thus the nickname “pot marigold.”

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