Calendula. I love it. It may be my favorite multi-purpose herb, by which I mean crossing the line from spellwork to medicinal purposes. Not only is it so bright and cheery to look at, but it kicks ass, too!
Calendula Officinalis, what is also known as the marigold, is part of the Asteraceae family, which also includes some other greats such as echinacea, dandelion, and chamomile. While it is Native to South Central Europe and Northern Africa, it now spans the world (ok, maybe not Antarctica, but still…).
Whether you grow it in your garden or buy it from a reputable company makes no difference. I like Mountain Rose Herbs. They provide ethically farmed and organic herbs for a reasonable price. I don’t have any affiliate links with them; I just really love and trust their products.
Now I’m giving you three reasons it needs to occupy space in your witchy home.
Using Calendula for Magick
In the magickal world, calendula is ruled by the Sun and the element of Fire, which makes perfect sense due to its beautiful bright yellow and orange coloring.
Also, in the magickal world, it’s known for fighting negativity and filling that void with love instead.
There’s an old practice of making wreaths of marigolds and hanging them above your front door as protection, but also to draw the beneficial properties of love, warmth, and happiness.
Calendula is also known for working magick where happiness and joy are needed. It also helps manifest success. Calendula is useful in some love spells, and marigolds are known for the plucking of its petals to the tune of “he loves me, he loves me not.”
Now, in my herbal work, my jar always needs refilling because I am continually using calendula in a variety of ways. Like seriously, for everything.
Using Calendula Medicinally
Calendula is a vulnerary which means it heals wounds. It’s also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal, which is why I use it (along with other herbs) in quite a few of my healing salves like my AH-mazing Boo Boo Balm.
According to FDA guidelines, I can’t tell you how great they are, use testimonials or use before and after pictures. This is unfortunate because they deserve to be shared, but you can find them HERE . Herbs really do have fantastic healing properties, they were the original medicine and still play a huge role today.
Some of those same qualities are why I use it as an infused oil mixed with witch hazel as a facial toner for my teen daughter (see simple recipe below).
It’s also an immune stimulant and a lymphatic, which is why I use it in my Love Lymphatically tea (tastes great too!). So preparing an infusion, either a simple or blended with other herbs is beneficial for cleansing the lymphatic system. In today’s sedentary world, not enough people stimulate their lymphatic system, so this is helpful.
Calendula is also a cholagogue, helping to release bile from the gallbladder (also helps act as a mild laxative). A diaphoretic, which increases sweating-YUCK-but it helps break a fever naturally. And an antispasmodic which can be beneficial for muscle cramps as well as stomach and intestinal cramping. Calendula is also an emmenagogue that brings on and increases menstrual blood flow.
Using Calendula for Spiritual Purposes
In the spiritual realm, marigolds are associated with the sacral chakra and can help get that oh-so-important chakra activated. Trying to be all things to all people, a common problem among women (giving away your power) drains your sacral chakra, so restoring balance is essential. It can be found in my Sacral Chakra Bath Tea. Or just adding some to epsom salts and soaking in a hot bath can be beneficial as well.
So really calendula is an herbal badass.
Calendula is in my top ten herbs to have in your apothecary. If you are a beginner witch just starting out and looking to invest in herbs, I would definitely put this one on my list and start with the 4 oz size because you will want to use quite a bit for various purposes.
The recipe for the wonderful Acne Facial Toner is below. It not only tames acne, but it does so without it drying your face. It leaves it nice and soft. It’s very pleasant, and my kids love it.
If you can grow your own, that’s always best, of course. Living in the Las Vegas heat, I tend to buy more than I grow, but I give each bag I receive a hug when it arrives. Be respectful and grateful no matter what your source is.
~Make a calendula oil infusion (If you aren’t sure how to do this see my blog on The Art of Herbal Infusion)
~Use 2 TBS of oil per half cup of witch hazel
~I buy a bottle of witch hazel and pour it into a mason jar. I measure out half a cup at a time and using a funnel, pour it back into the witch hazel container along with the 2 TBS of oil.
~Doing it bit by bit assures I have enough space in the bottle. Save any excess witch hazel in a mason jar to use for later.
~Before using toner shake well then apply to a cotton ball or pad and apply to your face in a gentle, circular motion.
Before you know it, you will be enjoying soft, clear skin.