Calendula officinalis is well-known for its role in wound and skin healing. Its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties making it an awesome topical treatment for skin issues susceptible to infection. A baby-safe herb it can be used in the treatment of nappy rash, cradle cap and nipples that are sore from breast feeding.

When taken internally it can be used to treat inflammatory conditions of the digestive system including gastric issues, peptic ulcers and colitis and as a as a lymphatic herb, it can assist with detoxification. Hell-yeah!

Calendula’s anti-fungal qualities, indicate its use for ringworm, athlete’s foot and thrush. And it can also be used to treat painful or delayed menstruation due to its mild oestrogenic action.

Parts used: flower

Habitat: A European native, Calendula is an annual garden plant that is easy to grow from seed. It prefers a well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.

Identification: A member of the Asteraceae family, it has a daisy-like, bright orange or golden composite head made up of rows of ray florets. Its pale green lanceolate leaves and stem are both hairy.

Calendula Bee Balm Recipe

Calendula Bee Balm
Calendula Bee Balm
  • Combine 1 tablespoon of beeswax pellets with 5 tablespoons of calendula infused oil into a double boiler.
  • Gently heat the mixture just until it has all melted, remove from the heat and add 1ml of Vitamin E oil. Pour into your chosen pots – this recipe should make approximately two 50g pots. Allow your balm to cool and set fully before placing the lids on your pots.
  • Apply liberally to scrapes, rashes, wounds, stings, lips, burns, inflamed skin, sore nipples or cradle cap as often as required.